Featured Artist: Jane Miller
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Playwright and Screenwriter. Copywriter for a non-profit during the day.
Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live on the Sunnyside/Woodside border and I’ve been here for about nine months. So, I’m a relative newbie. But I love it!
How did you get involved in theater?
When I was 16, I joined a youth theater group on East 4th Street called Downtown Art. I acted in lots of plays and made some great friends, including Laura Pestronk, a Mission to Ditmars member. I loved the community that we all created. Eventually I realized I was too introverted for acting and much too self-conscious, but I loved creating a story. That’s how I ended up becoming a writer.
What do you love most about Queens?
I feel a real sense of perseverance in Queens. As in, people are always working to get ahead in the world and improve their lives, and I really like that energy. When I think about what Queens symbolizes, I always think of John Guare’s play “The House of Blue Leaves,” which is a lot about striving for something in your life. I also believe it takes place in Sunnyside.
Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
The cutest coffee shop in all of Sunnyside/Woodside. They have amazing rainbow cookies and a great chili/beer special. They also have a $15 “wine down” after work special, which is a bottle for just $15, http://www.auberginecafe.com/
Phyzique, http://phyzique4life.com/ – an affordable, neighborhoody gym that makes me laugh because they have a “z” in their name.
Tell us a little about the play you’re developing in the Propulsion Lab?
The play I’m developing is about a young woman who is being cyberstalked. She decides to escape her life by adopting a completely new identity and leaving her friends and family behind. I’m playing around with the idea of having many lives in one life.