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Andrea Scott and Nick Green

Meet the authors: Andrea Scott and Nick Green

By Jessica Lewis Date: June 30, 2022 Tags: Meet the Author

Meet the authors of the powerful Every Day She Rose—Andrea Scott and Nick Green!

Andrea Scott

Describe yourself in one sentence.
Andrea Scott is a tiny human with an enormous imagination.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
Every Day She Rose is a play that I co-wrote with Nick Green (Body Politic) between 2016 – 2019 after Nick was present at some parties where his friends (and others) had some very disturbing opinions about Black Lives Matter stopping Pride in the summer of 2016. I was compelled by the idea of a Black Straight Female and her Gay White Male best friend having viscerally different reactions to the protest, thus fracturing a (seemingly) happy friendship. The fact that it evolved to have a metatheatrical element took me by surprise and is the better for it.

What’s something unique about you or something you like to do?
Even though I started off in theatre as an actor, I have an aversion to the concept of fame. It was something I desired as a younger person, until I started to see the toxic creep of individuals who believed that a public figure had to share every detail of their life with fans. Now, I’m good being invisible in a crowd.

What does your happy place look like?
Sitting in my backyard on a warm, sunny day, with a great book (hopefully something by Iain Reid or a Canadian play), drinking a grapefruit/gin cocktail.

What is something you’re curious about?
Are there parallel universes with exact replicas of us making wildly different choices that make them equally happy/unhappy? If so, how can I visit without imploding into a billion stars? 

What are some of your favourite plays?
Angels in America by Tony Kushner, for colored girls/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, I, Claudia by Kristen Thomson, Fences by August Wilson, The Breath of Life by David Hare.

What are you reading these days?
How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur.

What’s something that makes you laugh?
Currently the animated series Bob’s Burgers makes me very happy and Taika Waititi’s new show Our Flag Means Death is an absolute delight.

Learn more about Andrea Scott:
Andrea Scott’s play Eating Pomegranates Naked won the RBC Arts Professional Award and was named Outstanding Production at the 2013 SummerWorks Festival. Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks Award for Outstanding Production. Both were published by Scirocco Drama in 2018. Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, which won the Cayle Chernin Award for theatre, ran at SummerWorks in 2016. 2019 saw her co-written play with Nick Green, Every Day She Rose wow audiences at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her play about Viola Desmond, Controlled Damage, had its sold-out world premiere at Neptune Theatre in 2020 and will open at the Grand Theatre in 2022. She won the Magee Diversity Screenwriter’s Award for her first TV script, Dust to Dust. Her dark comedy Bad Habits landed her a job in the all Black writer’s room of The Porter (BET/CBC) which she followed up with snagging a spot pitching to Netflix with her supernatural drama Cassidy Must Die. 2021 saw her winning $10,000 from Amazon and the Indigenous Screen Office, pitching her coming-of-age dramedy DONE! She’s currently working in the writer’s room on the fifteenth season of Murdoch Mysteries while co-creating a one-hour drama for Sienna Films. She lives in Toronto.

Nick Green

Describe yourself in one sentence.
Nick is a very tall playwright who spends most of his money at overpriced restaurants, and most of his time rewatching The Real Housewives and/or The Good Wife.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
Every Day She Rose is a play set in two worlds; the story of a Black straight woman and a white gay man who are struggling to maintain their friendship; and Andrea and Nick, two playwrights of the same identities, who are collaborating on a play about race, sexuality, and identity. The play looks at power, friendship, and racism, examining the ways that stories are told and how voices can be erased. 

What’s something unique about you or something you like to do?
I have two careers—I’m both a playwright and a social worker. I also love to craft and am really good at sewing teddy bears. 

What does your happy place look like?
Either on the couch under the covers rewatching The Real Housewives and/or The Good Wife, or at a new and cool restaurant. Maybe I should have left out the first part of this answer… but I am who I am, okay?

What is something you’re curious about?
I am so curious about how theatre will evolve to further engage younger generations, and to see how our learnings from the pandemic will move art forward. I am also curious about why I have not yet been asked to be the host of The Bachelor.

What are some of your favourite plays?
This is such a mix of genres and styles! Angels in America, Life After, Intimate Apparel, Here Lies Henry, Hamilton, Company, August: Osage County, Les Belle-soeurs, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

What are you reading these days?
Currently re-reading People in Trouble, while listening to the audiobook of a sci-fi fantasy series that is too nerdy for me to name. 

What’s something that makes you laugh?
My best friend Indrit Kasapi can make me laugh until I cry. Also The Real Housewives. Did I mention I like The Real Housewives?

Learn more about Nick Green:
Nick Green is a Dora and Sterling Award–winning playwright, and the creator of the Social Distancing Festival. Credits include Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre); Every Day She Rose (Nightwood Theatre, co-written with Andrea Scott); Fangirl (book; Launch Pad at the Musical Stage Company); In Real Life (book; Canadian Music Theatre Projects); Dinner with the Duchess (Next Stage Festival, BroadwayWorld Toronto Award); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations; Dora Award); Poof! The Musical (book and lyrics; Capitol Theatre, Sterling Award nomination); and The Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys UnDisguised, Sterling Award). He lives in Toronto.

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