Craig Wright’s play, Lady, opens this week at Zeitgeist Stage Company. He was nominated for both a 2009 Drama League Award & Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play for Lady. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his play The Pavilion. Mr. Wright also writes for TV, and is the creator and executive producer for ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money. He received a writing Emmy nomination for Six Feet Under.
What is your definition of misery?
Being in the presence of pain you can do nothing to alleviate.
What is your greatest fear?
Being lost at sea without a raft.
What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
I played a number of roles in a terrible production of “El Grande De Coca-Cola.”
Are you a good at waiting tables?
No. I’m not patient with difficult people.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
Cyrano, Henry V, and Krapp.
Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
Barack Hussein Obama, Terrence Malick, and Louis Wright.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Your favorite playwright?
When and where were you happiest?
The day my son was born.
What do you most value in colleagues?
Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
Own and run a breakfast place.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Whatever limited role I played in raising my son.
What would you like to be the world’s best at?
What book would you read more than once?
Lives of the Modern Poets by William Pritchard.
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Daniel Day-Lewis. He’d make me seem more interesting than I am.
What sports teams do you follow?
None, really, but every time the World Cup rolls around, I wish I followed soccer in general.
Where would you like to spend a vacation?
What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
Assuming I’m driving — a hearse.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
2666 by Roberto Bolano.
If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
The late 1800’s. It would be fun to see the birth of Modernism.
What actor will you see in any project they do?