Photo Credit: Laura Marie DuncanDavid Caudle is a playwright on the rise...as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, he has developed several plays including "Likeness," "Leg Man," "South Beach Rapture," "Damsel," and "The Common Swallow." Many of his shows are set in his hometown of Miami or premiere there. "In Development" and "Likeness" both premiered at New Theatre in Miami in October '09 and September '07 respectively. "The Sunken Living Room," now published by Samuel French, also premiered at New Theatre as a co-production with Southern Rep in April '06, followed by an acclaimed New Orleans production at Souther Rep in January '07. David's one-act, "Feet of Clay," is also published in Samuel French's 29th Edition of Festival Plays and was turned into a short film directed by "True Blood's" Carrie Preston. David most recently wrote the screen adaption of "Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military" by US Army Major Jeffrey McGowan. Currently, David's play "South Beach Rapture" can be seen in the NYC Fringe Festival. Showtimes are Sat. 8/21 at 11pm, Sun. 8/22 at 4:15pm, Mon. 8/23 at 3:45pm, Wed. 8/25 at 7:45pm. Next up for David will be a run of his show "The Sunken Living Room" in the HOWL! Festival at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place in NYC) on September 14, 25, 26 at 8pm. This will be a benefit for a health and emergency fund for "Lower East Side Artists," administered through the Actor's Fund. For much more on David and his plays, be sure to visit: http://www.davidcaudle.org/

1. Who inspired you to become a playwright? I would have to say Tennessee Williams. He was a poet to the core, and his heart just pours from the mouths of his characters. I also relate to him in that I have southern roots and have been told I create complex female characters.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Sam Shepard. I have a role he would be incredible for, in a play called In Development. Call me, Sam.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? Primary Stages is my hero right now. They've been so supportive of my work, in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. That's where I developed my current FringeNYC play, SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE. Primary's associate artistic director Michelle Bossy, who runs the writers group, is directing the play. It's been a really great process, and the group has been a big help to me, in developing work, meeting other great writers, and feeling like I have a foothold somewhere in this big town.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Erik Satie to give my dreams a nice soundtrack, and Salvador Dali for the visuals.

5. What's your proudest moment? My proudest moment so far was my seventh anniversary in June. My partner Mako and I make a great team. We've both grown so much personally and professionally with the support of the other. Our plants and our cat are still alive, too.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Whenever I look at a page in a book, my eye automatically links the spaces between words to create vertical white line drawings. Is that a talent, or should I start wearing my reading glasses more regularly?

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I hate the gym but I'm trying to get back. I live on the fifth floor so that helps. I bought a bike, rode it twice and sold it. I miss it, but reality set in.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. Boxers don't quite come to the party, you know? They're there, but they really don't make an effort.

9. Favorite website? Google, Research. What did we ever do before?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. She has her invisible plane. I imagine Superman must get bugs in his teeth.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter Retreat. I grew up in Miami. Snow still fascinates me, especially in beautiful places. Last winter Mako and I went to the top of a volcano right near Obama, Japan, and it snowed. Gorgeous. Even in the city, I like snow, at least at the beginning of Winter. Then I start feeling like New York should just be seventy degrees because what's the point of all those dirty piles on the corners?

12. What's the best advice you've ever received? Listen. I tend to blabber on sometimes, and you don't learn anything that way.

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