Leila and Chris navigate the intricacies of BDSM in an interracial relationship.
Jahna Ferron-Smith is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts. She is a part of the Obie-winning playwriting collective, Youngblood, and her plays have been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the The Flea and UglyRhino Presents: TinyRhino. They include, “Hello, My Name Is”, Tuesday”, and “Salt: A Rom Com. “
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I started writing plays my Junior year of college. The moment I realized I wanted to write was during the first read-through of the first play I’d ever written: the audience laughed at all of the right places and seeing that my writing actually affected them at all–let alone in the way that I had intended–made me feel absolutely euphoric. I felt like, “oh yea. This is it.”
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
SIR. was partly influenced by experience as well as an interest in exploring a larger conversation surrounding how cultural differences influence intimacy and how couples might navigate them; where there are hard boundaries and where there may be room for compromise.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Curious; playful; biting; structured; determined
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and everyone I come into contact with.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I studied as a classically trained pianist for 12 years.
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
“Euryidice” by Sarah Ruhl; “Bright Ideas” Eric Coble
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I’m writing my first musical, “Tuesday”, which–right now–is about a school shooting…it’s also a comedy.