After writing numerous plays Off-Broadway, Nicky Silver is making his Broadway playwrighting debut with "The Lyons," which recently enjoyed a sold-out, twice-extended run at the Vineyard Theatre. "The Lyons" was the ninth play by Nicky Silver to debut at The Vineyard. His other Vineyard premieres include "Pterodactyls," "Raised in Captivity," "The Eros Trilogy," "The Maiden's Prayer," "The Altruists," "Beautiful Child," as well as "My Marriage To Ernest Borgnine" and the "Agony and The Agony." Nicky's other notable plays include "Three Changes," "The Good Chain," "Fat Men in Skirts," "Fit To Be Tied," "Free Will," and "Wanton Lust." Nicky also wrote the new book for the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, "The Boys From Syracuse."
"The Lyons," produced on Broadway by Kathleen K. Johnson, is a funny and edgy work starring Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin as "Rita Lyons," the indomitable matriarch of a family at a major crossroads: her husband is dying, her son's in a dubious relationship, her daughter's struggling to stay sober, and on top of it all, she can't settle on a new design for the living room. "The Lyons" is currently playing at the Cort Theatre in NYC (138 West 48th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue). Click here for tickets and follow "The Lyons" on Facebook and Twitter!
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I wanted to find some way in to the theater -- as a playwright you have a product. I didn't know how to become anything else. (And I'm afraid of heights so I couldn't be a lighting designer).
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I don't know. I've worked with fantastic people. I mean, I guess I'd have to say Maggie Smith.
3. What made you want to write "The Lyons"? I was unhappy with the last play I opened. It was overly complicated and the production didn't come together.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing "The Lyons"? I hope they laughed a good deal and find, ultimately that they were very moved. If you mean, in terms of a "message," I'd have to say that one ought to never give up on happiness. All of these characters find a new road to happiness, the familiar, familial road having failed them.
5. What continues to excite you about this cast who helps bring your work to life? I am so lucky, I could watch them all day every day. Six geniuses. Period.
6. "The Lyons" was first seen at The Vineyard Theatre. What made you want to premiere the show there? What does it mean to you to have it transfer for Broadway? I have such a long and deep relationship with the Vineyard that it's second nature to me to offer them a play. They are my family. A Broadway production alters the way the world sees you -- not who you are, or (hopefully, how you see yourself). You have a more permanent place at the table, I guess.
7. What is your favorite process in the creative process of writing a play? Where is your favorite place to write? I adore rehearsals, go to every one. I love the community. I always write at my desk in my office.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? Well, that's a hard one. I guess I've learned that I have no control over how I am perceived. I mean, I try to write plays I believe in, that I would like to see. I have no control over how they are received -- and my place in the community is a direct result of that. By that I mean, I've had to develop a strong sense of self. Every writer has hits and flops and you need a strong sense of self to get through the flops.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? You cannot control your career, you can only control your work.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I can dream about anyone when I sleep! (Can't you?) And I'm not going to answer that, except to say that the subject is seldom fully dressed.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Eating and shopping.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I'm not in shape! I diet constantly.
13. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs.
14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Is this a super-power? In that Woody Allen movie "Alice" Mia Farrow drinks a potion that makes EVERYONE attracted to her. I'd drink that.