Playwright: Jerry Montoya

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WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?

I’ll be writing something for the B Street Theatre’s next Family Series. And I’m writing a story about my family. It’s a great family story that I’ve kept in my pocket for years. 

DID YOU KNOW AS A CHILD THAT YOU WANTED TO WRITE PLAYS? 

Every year we’d have family reunions, and my greatest memory is sitting around campfires at night listening to the adults tell me stories of their childhood. I realized in college that I really loved telling stories. I found the theater and it felt like home. 

HOW DID IT FEEL THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW YOUR WORDS COMING OUT OF ACTORS’ MOUTHS?

Indescribable. My greatest memory of that first show was seeing the audience on the edge of their seats because they didn’t know what was going to happen next. 

YOUR PLAYS FOR CHILDREN ARE AS ENTERTAINING FOR THE ADULTS IN THE AUDIENCE AS FOR THE KIDS. 

Ultimately you come to a place as an artist where you’re not trying to please the audience; you’re trying to please yourself. If it doesn’t entertain me, it’s not going to entertain anyone. 

DID YOU EVER DREAM YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE?

I did dream it. I try to keep it a secret that my dreams have come true.