I grew up in a tiny town in Kansas. My dad was the high school basketball coach. We didn’t have a theatre. Theatre wasn’t a part of our ongoing life. So I think for me it was discovering that theatre existed and seeing that one play called A Thousand Clowns at a summer stock near where I grew up. I was ten-years-old. One of the main characters was a kid who was quite good. The idea that someone was my age up on that stage pretending to be somebody else fully awakened me. I just felt there was a whole world waiting for me that I just had to hold on and get to.
–James, playwright-in-residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre
James is celebrating his 20th season as IRT’s playwright-in-residence.