Scott Haan wrote Be Right Back, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Steve Martin.
Question: What is Be Right Back about?
Scott Haan: Jeff needs to run what should be a quick errand, but Emma continually stalls his departure with a barrage of inane questions that threaten his patience and his very sanity.
Q: Why did you want to write Be Right Back?
S.H.: The idea hit me and I couldn't resist; I was absolutely compelled to write it.
Q: What was the most fun part of writing Be Right Back?
S.H.: I really enjoyed the challenge of mixing genres; the story is a comedy, but I tried to also include a little bit of drama, which is tricky to achieve in such a short story.
Q: How do you feel about Be Right Back being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
S.H.: I'm very excited to be part of this again. I had previous plays that debuted during the first Staged Reading season in 2008 and the first 10-Minute Play Festival last year. This will be my third play to premiere on the Civic stage, which is always a huge thrill for me, having lived here in Lafayette for most of my life. And I'm even more excited to have my play directed by fellow playwright Steve Martin, who I greatly respect and admire.
Q: Why do you like writing?
S.H.: For me it is extremely cathartic. Life can be very stressful, and so much of it is completely out of my control. When I write, I can control everything, limited only by the extent of my warped and deranged imagination. It's the best outlet for creativity that I've ever known. Going a little insane when I write helps to keep me sane (relatively) in real life.
The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.
The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.