Inspiration comes in all forms to spark creativity. And a common caffeine product that millions of people use to start their day, recently provided Scott Lummer with inspiration to write his One Act entitled “Starbucks on Broadway.”
Scott was nice enough to give Stage Door Stories some of his time so we could learn more about him and why waiting for your big break is like “Waiting for Godot.”
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I own an investment management company, and write plays (and occasionally act and direct) as a hobby. I’m married with two grown children.
- What is your background in theatre?
I have spent most of my life as an enthusiastic audience member, and started doing some acting six years ago. I attended a play writing seminar four years ago – since then I’ve written 15 one-act plays (six of which have been professionally produced) and two full-length plays.
- How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?
I use a service called Play Submissions Helper, which searches and lists play festivals around the world.
- What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?
I was working on another play at a Starbucks, and overheard a couple flirting at the table next to me. That inspired me to create an extension of that world, in which the enthusiastic barista had an ulterior motive, and two characters who meet might be destined to be together if they can overcome superficiality.
- How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?
Plays are like robot children, standing dormant in a darkened room. When one is produced, it momentarily comes to life. As the father, I’m elated to see it live again.
- What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?
First and foremost, it’s a comedy, so I hope people laugh, and perhaps chuckle the next time they hear an order announced at a coffee shop. But there’s also a story of attraction, and how we form judgments about each other based on superficialities.
- What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?
To some extent, I’m like the barista in the play, and I’m continually hopeful that my big break is just around the corner. But more realistically, I’m happy if the audience and actors get some enjoyment out of the performance.
- What’s next for you?
I have a one-act play about two service dogs being produced in Santa Rosa in May. I’m working on my first commissioned play – an evening of one-acts by four playwrights with a focus on family. And I have several projects in progress, including a work with a local sculptor that will combine sculpture and theater.
Be sure to follow Scott at his website.
Come check out this comical One Act on the 3rd floor of the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Performances will be at 7:30 PM on the following days:
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Starbucks photos courtesy of http://www.starbucks.com