Hailing from Basavia, Germany, rising playwright and performer Franziska Huber, is an alumnus of The Lee Strassberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC. Franziska's NYC stage credits include "Anfisa" in Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” "Officer Welch" in Neil Simon’s “Rumors” and "The Actress" in Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” She just finished working with “The Internationalists” on the ensemble project "Which Direction Home?" at the La Guardia Performing Arts Center. Her latest film appearance was in the Indian feature film “Love, Lies and Seeta.” Franziska has been part of Slices of Lives Productions and working with director and award-winning actress Susan Batson since November 2009.

Franziska's first play "The Royal Weight Watcher: Sarah Ferguson: A Duchess Hungry For Love" will be part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival from July 15-25 at the June Havoc Theatre in NYC (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor). Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I became a playwright out of necessity. I am an actress and wanted to do my “own thing.” I felt the need to create something that comes from me, something that hasn’t been written or seen before. As a child already I liked to tell stories. Hearing them was surely fascinating, but I always preferred to make up my own and tell them by acting them out.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Al Pacino, Sean Penn and Christian Bale. I like their intensity.

3. What made you want to write "The Royal Weight Watcher" and what excites you most about having the show in the Midtown International Theatre Festival? I wrote this show to tell my truth – as I perceive it as an artist - about eating disorders through telling Sarah Ferguson’s life story. I am excited most to have the show in MITF as I hope that it will inspire people to change. There are a lot of people suffering from eating disorders. Hopefully this show will make them become aware of their unhealthy eating habits and help themselves or get the help they need.

4. Why is now the right time to bring this story to the stage? Numbers of people suffering from anorexia, bulimia, emotional overeating and obesity are at alarming rates. Fact is – many of us live with a struggle which happens within us at any stages in our lives. We do things we shouldn’t do, but do them anyway. Name it drinking alcohol, smoking, self abuse through food or drugs. Sarah Ferguson’s struggle in real life shows that no matter how old we are, what we do, who we are or where we live, if we are rich or poor: if we do not take care of ourselves and our deepest needs in the best way we can, we create a troublesome reality for ourselves. We have the power to destroy ourselves but we have the power to heal ourselves as well. There is always hope.

5. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? I am more creative and self sufficient than I originally thought.

6. What's your favorite part in the creative process of writing a play? Developing the story, finding the conflict, discovering humor, building in a spiritual message.

7. Favorite place to write? A busy café.

8. Favorite skin care product? I consider this question irrelevant and choose not to answer it.

9. Favorite website? Google and Youtube. For my research.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just do it!

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Myself at the best I can possibly be.

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