India Silverman

Meet India Silverman, Author of Once You are in the Stars (2018 Cupcake Spring Readings YPP Edition)

BIOGRAPHY

India Silverman 15 and is a freshman at Redmond high school this year. She had been in theater as long as she can remember and it’s probably where her love of writing stems from as well. With her little free time she chooses to play volleyball and spend time with friends. Her friends and family from all over inspire her and her work and she hopes her brother never stops giving her material to weave into her plays. Story telling is her main passion in life and hopes no matter where she ends up in the future she ends up doing something where she can pursue that.
WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR YOUR PLAY COME FROM?

The idea for my play came from this story on the news j heard about. A girl had signed up to be of the first to go and colonize mars, and since it’s a one way trip I couldn’t help but wonder how she could say goodbye to everything she knows, how her family feels. I really wanted to explore the human aspect of it.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT IN WORKING ON THIS PIECE?

My favorite moment when I was working on this piece was making my friend Shane “almost” cry at the last monologue. That kind of reaction made me know I was getting the reaction I wanted out of the story. It was a very proud moment.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?

I’m currently working on so many different projects. I’m always writing and editing a variety of one acts I’ve written and small scenes that are written in a more novelistic style. Right now I’m hoping to see a zombie script I’ve been writing for years come to life on my high school stage, but it’s longer version is being edited still.
WHO IS YOUR CURRENT ARTIST CRUSH (ANY DISCIPLINE)?

My current artist crush would have to be John Green because even though his stories are similar to other authors( and I typically hate that) there is always some unique aspect to his writing that can also just be very relatable. I also just strive to be like him because he is a talented and successful goofball of a human and I think that’s the kind of human I would like to be.

OUTSIDE OF THEATER, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO RIGHT NOW?

Considering theatre is basically my whole life there isn’t much time for much else, but I always do enjoy a game of volleyball and playing my guitar and ukulele.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE WORD?

My favorite word is defenestration which is the action of throwing someone or something out a window and my least favorite word would have to be gurgle. It’s just an ugly word.
WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN AS A THEATER ARTIST?

The best advice as an artist I have ever had is that there will always be autocorrect. From a young age I was always told I had a strong voice for writing, but I was a horrendous speller and I was always really worried about it. While I can spell much better now, it was my fourth grade teacher who told me there would always be autocorrect with today’s technology, and that really helped me grow as an artist knowing I didn’t have to sweat the small stuff and could focus on my overall vision, which is really important in any art form.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE “I LOVE THEATER THAT…”

I love theatre that isn’t the same cookie cutter plot that everyone else is doing a variation of. By reworking the same stories creativity is no longer creative or interesting, which is why I try to do interesting stories and not ones I’ve seen before.

 

2018 Cupcake Spring Readings

 

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