Interview with Anthony J. Piccione

Who are your favorite authors?
I have many writers that I admire for many different reasons. But if I had to pick an absolute favorite, it would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien. The way he wrote such epic, detailed stories is something that I like and admire deeply, and have tried to emulate in my own writing, to an extent. As someone who writes plays, I also admire many different playwrights, most notably Tony Kushner, who wrote what I consider to be one of the greatest plays ever written of all time: Angels in America
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that no matter what happens today, for as long as I live, I will always have to chance to write or create something new. I don't always do that EVERY day, but I have the chance to. And everything that happens each day provides me new material on the days where I am inspired to do so.
What projects are you working on right now?
I am currently finishing development of a new, full-length play called "We The People", which is part one of a trilogy of new plays that makes both a critique and artistic statement on politics, religion and pop culture respectively. I am hoping to see this play produced some day before it every gets published, but I am optimistic that both production and publication will become a reality, both for this play and the two other full-length ones that will follow. Hopefully, I'll be proven right.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest, I haven't had much time to spend reading very many eBooks, other than my own. But when I do, I read them here on Smashwords, which is an excellent resource. But mostly, I spend my time reading books and plays on paper when I do read the work of others. I wish I did have more time to check out other eBooks, though. I'll have to work on that.
Do you remember the first play you ever wrote?
I think so. I believe it was a very short comedic murder mystery, about 5 pages long, that I wrote for the summer program as a student at Hartford Children's Theatre. It was in 2009, when I was still in high school. I'm actually hoping to soon rewrite and expand my initial copy of the script sometime in the near future, and turn it into an actually decent piece of children's theatre, considering how it wasn't too great when I first wrote it. After all, it was the VERY first attempt at playwriting I had ever made.
Why playwriting? Why not poetry or short stories?
Well, I do write lots of poetry and short stories too. My grandfather was actually a published poet himself, when he was alive. But for me, theatre and creative writing were my two biggest passions throughout much of my life. I just didn't know for a while what to do with each of those to passions in my life for a while. I loved acting and writing poems and short stories. I also gave directing and stage management a try. But none of it was focused enough OR satisfying enough for me. So eventually, I settled on playwriting as the best way to combine the two things I loved most, and I haven't stopped since.
Do you remember the first play you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm sure I've read tons of small plays in school and such, when I was a kid. But the one I remember reading that comes to mind first is Macbeth. I remember at the time, when I was still in school, I was still getting the hang of how to read old Shakespearean text. But I was still fascinated by how dark and how detailed the story was, and it later would indeed serve as inspiration to me as I wrote stories to turn into plays, along with the rest of Shakespeare's stories.
What kind of plays do you enjoy writing most?
For shorter plays, I tend to prefer comedies. Ones that are especially random, dark and full and raunchy humor and language. But when it comes to full-length plays, I prefer epics with more depth and meaning to the story and concept.
Besides theatre and writing, what do you love doing most?
Watching movies and listening to music both help stimulate my mind in ways that help me come up with new ideas for plays and stories, so I suppose that.
Anything that hasn't been covered in this interview that you'd like to discuss?
Nope, because I happen to be the one who conducted the first interview with myself, and therefore, got to cover much of what I wanted to already.
Published 2013-08-29.
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The Good, the Bad and the Stupid
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