Tag Archives: Will Eno

Interview with Tom Whitaker 10-31-14

Will Eno’s Middletown presented at UCSB

UCSB Theater - "Middletown" publicity 10/24/14 HSSB 1143Tom Whitaker is directing the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance’s fall production of Will Eno’s Middletown, a play which draws inspiration from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, yet is stamped with the insignia of a playwright who has been called by the New York Times, “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” An essential shorthand for the play might be read in a Facebook meme Whitaker came across recently: “I’m in that awkward stage of life between birth and death.” Performed by twelve actors, and set in mid-twentieth century Middle America, the play infuses the quaint relationships and familiar irksomeness of small town life with the unsettling big issues that gnaw at the psyche from underneath.

I interviewed Whitaker about the production on Halloween. The segment was broadcast on KCSB-FM [91.9 Santa Barbara or streaming on web www.kcsb.org] on Monday Nov. 17, 7am on DirecTalk, a spoken word feature of The Classical Now.