Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director, specializing in literary adaptation, physical and object theater as well as multimedia works.
As a director, Seth has led productions throughout the United States and around the world, including Mexico, Colombia, and Ireland.
Just a few of the theatres where he has recently directed include The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theater, Foundry Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As a playwright, his works include 2666, adapted with Robert Falls from the novel by Roberto Bolaño; which won the 2016 Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation, Wilderness with En Garde Arts, The Death and Life of Billy The Kid with Cabinet of Curiosity Events, February House, a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane, and directed by Davis McCallum, which premiered off-Broadway at The Public Theater, Ask Aunt Susan which premiered at The Goodman Theatre, and Jon, an adaptation of a George Saunders short story, which won the 2009 Equity Jeff Citation for Best New Adaptation,
Fun facts: Seth once dressed up as a skeleton for the Obamas’ first Halloween party. He made a clown show with a theatre troupe in Mexico that toured a maximum-security prison, and Seth has recently written for A Prairie Home Companion in Saint Paul Minnesota, where he currently lives with his family.
Seth shares with Marc about his love for collaboration, his newest projects, his appreciation for Chicago theater, his process of writing literary adaptations, and how he creates theater that is visual, that is poetic, and that is lyrical.
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spot lightning round with Seth Bockley:
- What’s a play that you recommend to be seen or read at least once? – “Happy Days and Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Write every day”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits”
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Invisibility”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Monster”
people and resources mentioned:
- Guerra (A Clown Play) – Developed with a TCG grant with the On the Road program
- Devon De Mayo– Director, devisor, and teacher based in Chicago. Collaborated with Seth and La Piara on Guerra: A Clown Play
- La Piara Teatro – A clown & bouffant theatre company in Mexico City. Made up of Artús Chávez Novelo, Fernando Córdova, and Madeleine Sierra
- Rip Van Winkle – New adaptation by Seth that will be part of the 2018 season at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
- Jesse Mooney-Bullock – Puppet artist who will work with Seth on Rip Van Winkle
- CRISPR– Newest project by Seth about genetic code and the editing of DNA
getting in touch with seth:
Connect with Seth at sethbockley.com
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