Author of Changes, [Quickies volume 13, June 2012]
Erin Stewart is so pleased that Changes is being brought back! A former LG company member, Erin has written three Quickies, a bazillion songs for a bazillion cabarets and a full length show Whirligig! The Musical, which was produced in the Girls’ 2006 season. She has also written shorts for Balagan and 14/48, as well as songs for shows at Wing-It Productions and Youth Theater Northwest. Recently, she collaborated with and wrote the music for Kate Jaeger and her solo show Miss Fanny’s Fun Box, which can be seen this summer at Bumbershoot. As an actor, Erin has been seen onstage at Live Girls, The Seattle Rep, Artswest, Macha Monkey, ExiTheater and is currently touring elementary schools with Book-It All Over. She can also be seen this summer in Annex Theater’s production of Kittens in a Cage.
Where did the idea for Changes come from?
I got the idea from watching all those fabulous sex ed videos from the fifties and a bit from this old pamphlet I still have from the 5th grade, telling me about my growing body. I’m still confused.
What was your favorite moment in working on this piece?
Since it was produced in Quickies X, seeing it onstage was a blast. Except when my dad was sitting in the audience next to me. Then it was uncomfortable.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently touring The Lorax, The Sneetches and Other Stories with Book-It All Over and I start rehearsal for Annex’s Kittens in a Cage in June. I am also writing (not very steadily) a new musical about a lady serial killer. We’ll see. She scares me a little.
Finish the sentance- “I love theater that…”
Doesn’t end well! I love when plays don’t end tied up all neat and happy. I like to think “Wow. That person was such a terrible person and I’m glad they stayed terrible.” Happy endings are rare in life. Life keeps evolving. I like to catch plays that take place in the middle of a journey, not just the end.
Who is your current artist crush (any discipline)?
I love Carol Burnett, Tina Fey and Amy Sedaris. They are writers as well as performers and they aren’t afraid to look stupid and ugly. As for local, I have always had a pretty steady crush on Stephanie Timm. I saw her in a show when I was in college and then got to do a short play of hers with Live Girls a few years later. I love her stuff. And she’s super nice! That helps. Dreamy too.
What was the best advice you were even given as a theater artist?
To keep doing things, to stay active creatively. Even if it’s not necessarily where you pictured yourself. I had the best opportunity to be a company member with LG for about 5 years and that gave me the chance to direct, stage manage, produce, act and it’s where I started to write. And I never thought I’d be a writer. Being in that environment was very helpful for me. It woke my brain up. And doing 54,000 cabarets made me able to relax onstage.
Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?
Food. All kinds. I love to cook and stuff my face. I also love to go to new food places around town to try out all the yummies I’ve never had before. I had shrimp and grits for the first time and also chicken and waffles. My mind was blown.
What is your favorite and least favorite word?
Well, James Lipton, it changes. Favorite word at this moment: Lunchdate. I love lunchdates.
Least Favorite Word: Failure. I don’t think failure exists. And it tends to run lives. Dumb nonexistent failure.