The Catharsis of Creation: An Interview With Eat Me Writer Jacqueline Wright [Part One]
This interview will be published in two parts, the first of which is presented here and contains no spoilers whatsoever, so please read on without fear. Come back in about a week, after seeing Eat Me, and Jacqueline Wright and I will discuss some of the nuances in the film and upcoming projects.
I’m sitting in a dark hotel room in downtown Dallas, nervously anticipating a phone call. Jacqueline Wright, my first filmmaker interview, is calling any moment now. In addition to writing, producing, and starring in a film I absolutely adore (Eat Me Review), Wright is an award-winning playwright. Literally. She’s actually written plays that received awards, including Eat Me, which was adapted into a feature film that premiers in theaters tonight, March 2nd. A VOD release follows on March 6th.
We immediately strike up a friendly conversation on the nature of art, creativity, passion, and the varying grotesqueries of the human condition. Or, as Wright might refer to it, Tuesday.
Of course, my nervousness is unwarranted. We immediately strike up a friendly conversation on the nature of art, creativity, passion, and the varying grotesqueries of the human condition. Or, as Wright might refer to it, Tuesday.
“I usually never understand why I’ve written something until I’m able to see it,” she admits. This could explain Eat Me’s long road from stage to screen. (In preparation for the interview, I found an LA Weekly review of the stage play, noticing the review was published in 2004!) Not normally appearing in her own plays, Wright explains that only after seeing her work performed does it become clear to her what she was trying to work out for herself.