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Poetic Larceny Artists Reveal #4 -- James Comtois

Monday, March 30, 2009 Leave a Comment

What is Poetic Larceny?

And how can I learn more about Flux's upcoming production of Pretty Theft?


Playwright, April 13th

Previous Flux stuff: First time with Flux, after dazzling us with plays like Colorful World and Nosedive's annual Blood Brothers

We asked the amazing artists of our upcoming staged reading series Poetic Larceny to answer some questions about stealing, beauty, and consequences. Read on for their answers!

Question #1: What is the worst thing you've ever stolen?
A car. Just kidding, that's a felony, and this isn't the appropriate
venue to discuss that pending case. So my attorney advised I answer
with, "Someone's heart." He also advised me to stress,
"metaphorically," not literally. I'm not some sort of...uh...psycho
that likes collecting people's organs. That's...huh...that's crazy!

Question #2: What is the worst thing that's been stolen from you?
My dignity.

Question #3: What do you find pretty?

Question #4: What do you find beautiful?
Sunsets. And redheads.

Question #5: If you could steal something beautiful without
consequences, what would it be?
Really? I can steal a chick without consequences? I dunno, I'd
imagine there'd have to be SOME consequences. Stealing a person isn't
like jaywalking. Unless you mean they suffer a form of Stockholm
, but like, times 1,000. Then again, I could go for the
esoteric and say "a sunset," but where the hell would I keep it? Just
too many logistics. My pretty little head is hurting. Let's just say
a car. A beautiful, beautiful car.

Bio:James Comtois is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Nosedive Productions, where he serves as the company's resident playwright. Scripts for Nosedive: Monkeys, Allston, The Awaited Visit (2001 OOBR Award winner for Overall Excellence), Ruins, Two Parties, Evil Hellcat and Other Lurid Tales, Mayonnaise Sandwiches (2004 OOBR Award winner for Overall Excellence), A Very Nosedive Christmas Carol, Dying Goldfish, The Adventures of Nervous-Boy (published in NYTE's Plays and Playwrights 2007), Suburban Peepshow (published by Original Works Online), Vagina Dentata, Metaphor, Listening to Reason, Colorful World, and Nona (based on the short story by Stephen King). In conjunction with the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company: The Symposium, Captain Moonbeam & Lynchpin, Beowulf Krygor 9 & the Unicorn, Pinkie (a five-part serial play), and Speed Demons (also a five-part serial play).