PLAYWRIGHT BRIAN SYLVIA TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
CHRISTMAS AT GUMPTION GULCH
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I had used some of these characters in a series of sketches created for a Kids Camp. At my wife's urging, I amped them up a bit and put a holiday spin on the plot with the end result being Christmas at Gumption Gulch.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I'd have to say the audience participation segments. In our debut run of the show, I'd move around the audience and talk to folks. I was assessing their willingness to step onto the stage later in the night. Then, I selected a group of audience members to move up to the front two reserved rows. Our cast chose people from those rows.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: Well...I think life has allowed me to cross paths with very 'unique' personalities. I'm sure any author would say that a little bit of real life inspiration goes into their fictional characters.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted a different Christmas play. Every group was performing the same style (traditional) holiday production. I figured an Old West comedy that brought a nostalgic feel and emphasized that Jesus is the center of Christmas was a good way to go.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Please don't be afraid of the audience participation segments. I found that more people are willing than I anticipated. We had some great performances from our unsuspecting audience members.