Pamela Hobart Carter

Author of Rook and Marcella Test the Waters [Cupcake Reading Series, October 2011]

Pamela Hobart Carter grew up in Montreal and studied geology at Bryn Mawr College and Indiana University. For over twenty-five years she has been teaching everything from preschool to science pedagogy, mostly in Seattle. She lives with her husband and daughter and misses her college student son. She decided to write plays after attending a ten-minute play festival at U.W. a few years ago.  Live Girls! selected her first full-length script, Rondo, to read in their new works festival in 2008. In 2009, North Seattle Community College produced It’s not in the P-I, a play Carter co-wrote with five other locals. In 2010 Live Girls! produced The Ventriloquist for Quickies. Her play Unhinged had a couple of readings locally. Carter also writes poems (in Barrow Street, Broken Circles, The Seattle Times and Sunday Ink,) stories, (in Quick Fiction,) and essays (in Teaching Young Children and Recovering the Self).

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Where did the idea for this show come from?
I’ve known the characters Marcella and Rook for some time. This is their first play together. Bits of old story combined with new and mixed with a childhood memory.

What is your favorite moment in the play?
When Marcella figures out what to do about her upcoming violations hearing.

Who is your current playwright talent crush?
T.S. Eliott.

What advice would you give to aspiring playwrights?
Go way out there. Why not? Theater is the medium for changes of state and mind.

What kind of theater do you love?
Adventurous, intense. With good stories.

What are you currently working on?
Food Poetry Readings as fundraisers for food banks, a play about how we decide, and a how-to for children.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?
My classroom, watching my daughter’s soccer games, climbing plastic at the gym.

Do you have a favorite and least favorite word?
Acceptance and rejection.

Is there a question you would like to see posed to playwrights featured in future spotlights?
Pen, typewriter, computer or speech recognition?

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