What is your background, and how does it impact the way you view the world and create art? I’ve been part of the independent theatre community for over twenty years as an actor, and the last year-and-a-half as a playwright and director. Theatre feeds my soul – as a performer and as an audience member. So, when the lockdown was put into effect the theatre world was shutdown and the need to create and entertain was put on hold. The challenge became how can we still create art and do what we love while staying confined to our homes. The world embraced Zoom and it was up to us to figure out how to keep theatre alive on a whole new platform. I decided to write a comedy that would rely on the script rather than physical humor to tell a story and make people laugh—and not be held back by the limitations of Zoom.
What does your work aim to say? The primary purpose of my play is to entertain. I wanted to write a play that was just fun – no politics, no deep, dark message. The past year has been so difficult for everyone we just need to escape and have some laughs. The play is my way of saying we will make art and theatre no matter what! How does your work comment on current social/political issues? I purposely avoided anything political. One of the characters does get caught up in a protest and is mistakenly arrested along with the protestors. The premise of the play is that each actor is performing from their own homes because theatres are closed, so that is the framing device for this play within a play.
What genre/s does your work fall into? Hopefully comedy!
How have you developed your career path as an artist? I went to my first audition at the age of 47. Acting was something I always wanted to try but life intervened and I focused on my career and raising my kids. I had studied acting in college but never pursued it. Since then I’ve been in 70 plays or readings, a commercial, two cable TV shows, a sketch comedy show, and other projects. I’ve had three of my plays produced in festivals over the last two years, and two more plays are being produced in November and December. I’m currently at work on my first full-length play.
Where can people find your work? You can follow me on Instagram: @amy.losi https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/bio/Amy-Losi/
Anything else you'd like to share with us? A very special thank you to The Hartford Fringe Festival for finding a way to keep the arts alive!