Sherie Rene Scott : Fully present and accounted for.

Victoria Myers / The Interval

Here are some things it’s probably good to know before reading Sherie’s interview: 1. “Do you consider yourself to be brave?” was the first sentence I typed into a Word document called “Sherie Rene Scott: Questions.” 2. Sherie’s newest play, co-written with Dick Scanlan, Whorl Inside a Loop, is currently playing at Second Stage and tells the story of an actress (played by Sherie) who goes into prison to teach a workshop on personal narratives. You should also probably know—before you get to the “in prison” references in the interview—that, 3. Sherie and Dick spent time in prison teaching with a program called Rehabilitation Through the Arts. I’ve been describing Whorl Inside a Loop to people as, “Kind of like Joan Didion meets The X-Files,” which seems a pretty clear description to me, but I’m told is quite confusing to others.

Photos by Robert Ascroft, courtesy of Second Stage

Photos by Robert Ascroft, courtesy of Second Stage

Sherie and Dick previously collaborated on Everyday Rapture. I have a ticket stub from Everyday Rapture pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk. Everyday Rapture inspired me to sign up for a playwriting class and it was the first show that made me think seriously about the role of gender in the American theatre. The Interval probably would not exist without Everyday Rapture. Actually, I lied, I have more than one ticket stub from Everyday Rapture pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk. Sherie wrote and performed the cabaret show/performance piece, Piece of Meat, which she performed in New York, London and Australia. Sherie’s work is intellectually rigorous, fearless, and funny—and always has a complex female protagonist. Sherie is a writer, actress, singer, producer, and about twenty-five million other things. I sat in her dressing room between shows, and we talked about writing and storytelling and women and spirituality. Her work deals with big questions; her work is big.

At one point I said that I thought, in a way, Whorl Inside a Loop was a coming of age story. I think maybe all of her stories are, because perhaps the real coming of age is the wrestling with the desire for a simple moral universe and the need for a more complex one, which is a theme found throughout her work, and addressed with humor, grace, and bravery.

At any rate, I certainly associate her work with my coming of age. Also, she is from Kansas. Also, also, we didn’t have time, but I’d really like to know her thoughts on Joan Didion and The X-Files and about twenty-five million other things. 

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