Tue, 9 June 2015
I've seen several of Ellen K. Anderson's plays over the years of reviewing theater in Santa Barbara and so have had the chance to interview her many times. She's always engaged in the rights of the oppressed, battling sexism and racism in her thoughtful, but never didactic plays. In her sixties she shows no sign of slowing down and just bubbles over with joie de vivre, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to have her on the show. You'll see she didn't disappoint.
She's written 12 full-length and 6 one-act plays (according to her bio, she may have added more). She's won two Metropolitan Theatre Writing Awards, two INDY awards from the S.B. Independent, got an honorable mention by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and Best New Play in the Ninth Annual Washington D.C. Theatre Festival.
She is the artistic director of DRAMATIC WOMEN and was a founding board member of ACCESS THEATRE, a theatre that broke new ground in accessibility in the arts.
When I interviewed her, she was in the middle of the opening run of In the Forest of Detroit, her second Detroit play after Bedtime in Detroit. Other plays include New Amsterdames; Sleeping with Squirrels; Rattling Antlers; Shirtwaist, a musical ghost story; Liz Estrada; Why Mud Flaps?; Bedtime in Montecito, The Ellen & Ellen Show; Holes in Their Soles; A Baby Musical; Hula Whores; Barbed Wire Under Your Armpits; Listen for Wings; A Fine and Private Place; Inflatable Girls and Three Tits.