Playwright Spotlight: Elena Naskova


Playwright – Driving Through the Fog (Quickies 17, June/July 2015)

Bio: Elena was born and raised in Macedonia. She immigrated to USA when she was twenty-five. Elena’s plays have been produced and read in Portland, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, North Hollywood, Chicago, Nantucket, Mesa/Scottsdale, Sheffield – UK, New York, Toronto, Bloomington, Oakland, San Francisco, Madrid – Spain, Spokane and Seattle.

She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Seattle Playwrights Circle.

Where did the idea for your play come from?

I was on 5 driving north from California.  And I ended up in Motel 6, or one of those cheap motels.

What was your favorite moment in working on this piece?

 The moment the two women connected.

What’s the most interesting thing you have found on the street?

A woman singing blues.  She was brilliant.

If you could instantly find something today that you have lost in the past, what would it be?

My youth

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on a play about Nikola Tesla.

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”

Leaves me thinking for weeks afterwards.

What was the best advice you were given as a theater artist?

To learn fucking English.

What is your favorite and least favorite word?

My least favorite word is a bad word that I would never say or write down.  My favorite word is ‘multicultural’.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

Haiku and watercolor.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)

another Spring…

out of my thoughts my new

self emerges