Silvia Graziano is a not the kind of playwright that writes for one-dimensional characters.  As co-artistic director of the Fort Point Theatre Channel and resident playwright, she reaches deeper than the average scribe.  She has graciously given an interview to Dream Weird:
Silvia, how Is This Play Different From Your Other Work?
Indiscreet Discretion is different from my other work because it mixes reality with surrealism and it's a story within a story - this is the first time I've used this literary device in my writing.  The play also combines traditional theatre with original dance by Contrapose Dance and live music composed by Brendan Burns.  I have never collaborated with dancers and musicians on a play before, it's been a lot of fun working with different artistic mediums. 

What Made You Interested In This Subject Matter?
Indiscreet Discretion explores the battle within each of us between our human potential and our animal impulses.  I was inspired to tell this particular story after reading "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence" by Dale Peterson and Richard Wrangham.  Human evolution and our attraction to violence are two subjects that have always fascinated me.  I am also an avid reader of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's writings and have incorporated Freud's structural model of the human psyche (the id, ego, and super-ego), specifically dealing with the id vs. the ego and the conscious vs. unconscious mind.

Has It Been A Long Writing Process? 
This story has been living in my head for about three years.  I actually started putting my thoughts onto paper two years ago. The few scenes I created turned into a 20 minute play called "Heads or Tales?" that was part of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston's Feverfest in 2010.  Shortly after that, I decided to turn the 20 minute play into a One Act called Indiscreet Discretion.  I only had the first few scenes written when I started the writing workshops with my actors.  I didn't have an ending and had no idea where the story was going to go.  The actors helped me create the rest of the story by improvising scenes I had envisioned in my head.  Then I would go home and see if I could incorporate the scenarios into the play and have them read or act out the new material at the next workshop.  Nothing helps a writer more than hearing his/her words spoken by someone else because the translation from page to stage isn't always easy.

And have I mentioned how stupid in love I am with my actors?   I could not get from point A to point B without them.

How Have Your Collaborations With This Project Been Going?
The meetings with the design team - set designer, composer, lighting designer, choreographer, costumer, make-up artist, etc. have been so inspiring.  I'm honored that these artists believe in my work and want to use their talent to help build the play with me.

When Will The Show Go Up and Where?
Click on this link for info!

Thanks Silvia,
– Rich Burns

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