AndrÃ© Babyn’s play, of sorts, is featured in the May issue. He talks to us about the fifth act, would there be one, inappropriate comments at a funeral, and where this work came from.
1. What would be the fifth act?
That’s not something I want to think about.
2. How well do you know your car?
My car does everything for me. We are alien to each other. I once had a car that I knew pretty well, an old Chevrolet Venture with duct-tape over the side panels. I drove it like a maniac. It followed my every gesture.
3. What would be the most inappropriate comment you would make at a funeral?
“All of these tarts are mine.”
Actually, I keep thinking about inappropriate, but honest, eulogies for family members, and wondering what the responses would be. These things are much easier to think about than enact.
4. What trade would you learn?
I’d be a cobbler, if anyone in the world still cobbles.
5. If you owned a hotel, what would its theme be?
Insignificant battles of the war of 1812. It would be on one of the Great Lakes.
6. How did you develop “Four Acts”?
I was in my brother-in-law’s car, and he was driving too fast, and I thought about his wife.