As a new works theatre company, we are always on the lookout for untold stories and unique perspectives that challenge conventional narratives. One fateful day, as I was driving to work, an episode of Davis Dunavin’s Off the Path from New York to Boston podcast aired on WSHU just as I pulled into the office. This was the classic “driveway moment” you hear about on public radio pledge drives. It set in motion a remarkable journey culminating in the creation of Seven Cousins for a Horse by Tammy Ryan, which we will premiere this July.
Tammy Ryan, the author of Seven Cousins for a Horse, is a renowned playwright who has had her works performed at various theaters both within the US and internationally. We chose Tammy because of her distinctive ability to portray vast moral and social ideas through the lens of family in plays like Molly’s Hammer, The Music Lesson, Tar Beach, and Take My Hand and Wave Goodbye. In this interview, Tammy shares a few thoughts on her writing process and experience as a playwright.