Judith is a founding member of the 15th Floor Writers Collective. Her full-length plays include broken, The Cookie Fight, Monkey-hearts and Bottomfeeders. Recent one-acts include Burrito, Class of ’88, Warming the Bench, and Quickie Date.
We asked Judith a few questions, and her answers are, like her, enlightening.
Often it’s what’s going on in the world or something random that happens in my new idea ends up being a combination of both. I recently got stuck in a TGIFridays in upstate New York the day after Hurricane Irene, and the experience triggered an idea for a play. I’m continuously obsessed with the intersection between sex, money and religion in this country. It helps that our country is equally obsessed with these same things, although we constantly pretend that we’re not. My last full-length The Cookie Fight (or What’s Your Idol?) was inspired by the Enron debacle and the recent financial crisis. If fascinates me that people can make incredibly selfish decisions, which hurt members of their immediate community, yet because there is money involved, these decisions are not considered ethical or unethical; its’ just business. I’m originally from New York, but I’ve lived in many other parts of this country, and I think the supposed “moral” divide between the so-called red and blue states is an extremely interesting tension to explore. Writing from the perspective that one viewpoint is valid and one is invalid is both reductive and non-dramatic. What is dramatic is the human element.