Erin Moughon discusses her play Out of Body on a Train, one of the three featured plays in this month’s One Acts and Snacks.
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Warning: This interview contains mentions of rape and abuse.
Q: How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?
A: Kendra Augustin forwarded me the email about the August dinner.
Q: Can you tell me more about your play? What was your inspiration? Why did you select this piece for the reading?
A: My play is about a young woman who wakes up hungover on a subway that is stalled between stations. but all is not what it seems. As the other person in the play tells her, she’s not on a train; she’s by a dumpster being raped. It was inspired by a play I saw this summer about two men on a stalled subway train, and I started wondering about what it would be like if two women were on the train. I also spent a lot of 2016 reading about the woman who was raped by the Stanford rapist and reading her response. Then I started thinking about my own fears, and what terrifies me the most is someone doing something to me with no ability to stop it, and to have someone else permanently alter me physically and mentally against my will, like the ultimate loss of control and then to be marked by that loss of control.
Q: What are your goals for the reading?
A: To see if I can expand the play or if it works best as a short play. Actually to see if the story lands or does what I hope at all.
Q: What are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?
A: Same answer for both: audience reactions. Really. Also looking forward to: hearing the play so that I can edit it. Nervous about: what if it doesn’t work?
Q: What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?
A: DO IT. We write plays because we want to collaborate and play with others. This is a safe place to do that with smart people who want to hear plays.