First dates are always exciting and certainly more so when an ember turns into a flame. Chemistry can sometimes be a mystery. In situations like that, should we follow our heart or our head? Rod McFadden’s One Act, entitled “Counting On Love” begs that question.
Stage Door Stories spoke with Rod to learn more about chance, statistics, and love!
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve had a life long (55 years) interest in theatre, and studied playwriting in college. But after college, I had a tragically successful career as a retail executive, and so I set aside all thoughts of writing. But in 2009, I retired, which has allowed me to reconnect with my love for playwriting. Since then, I have been fortunate to have many of my plays produced in independent theatres around the US and Canada.
When not writing, I spend time walking my dog with my wife, playing tennis, and performing magic.
- What is your background in theatre?
I began acting in community theatre when I was in high school, and still occasionally take roles on the stage. But I now prefer to write the plays, and let other directors and actors bring them to life.
- How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?
I heard about your festival through one of the playwrights’ opportunity blogs or newsletters. Sorry, can’t remember exactly where…
- What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?
This play, “Counting on Love,” was inspired by an essay I was reading about chance and statistics. I was intrigued by this idea that there was a mathematical formula that could optimize the likelihood of making the proper choice, for anything from buying a house to ordering from a restaurant menu. So, I decided to explore the idea of a character using this same formula to choose the best person to love.
I have always been good at math and still think it reveals so many incredible things about the world, so creating the character of Sophia was right up my alley.
- How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?
I’ve been very fortunate as a playwright, to have about 70 full productions of my plays since I started sending them out five years ago. But every production is an honor and exciting. Because the endgame of writing a play is to get it up in front of an audience. It’s the only way it can be fully enjoyed, and so I am always thankful that companies like Stage Door give new and unknown playwrights (like me) that opportunity.
- What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?
I hope they enjoy it, that they laugh, and that they maybe think about what choices they make in life and how they find their own balance between heart and head.
- What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?
I don’t necessarily know whether this festival will open any doors, but since you mention it, I have three full length plays that I would love for Stage Door to consider for their upcoming season. I’ll send them to you.
- What’s next for you?
I’ve been spending a lot of writing time on short format (10 minute) plays lately, but I have an unfinished full-length I need to focus on again. Writing a full-length play is a huge commitment, and has a much lower prospect of actually getting produced. But it affords so much space for exploring characters and the human condition. I want to get back to that.
Also, I wrote a collection of short plays for “senior” characters, 65-80 years old. There are a lot of older actors out there who don’t get very many roles written for them. The drama association of a large retirement community in my area will be producing this collection of plays in July. I look forward to that, and think it may be something that could find many productions around the country. Fingers crossed!
Come check out whether the head or the heart prevails in this 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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