THE REALISTIC JONESES

by Will Eno

From an interview with Will Eno in Storefront Rebellion, 1/7/2019

Kris Vire: I’m frankly surprised it’s taken this long to get The Realistic Joneses to Chicago. It’s going to be almost five years since the Broadway run, right?

Will Eno: Right. It’s always nice to have things going, but Jeremy wanted to do it very early on, and so it was just a matter of sort of scheduling things—just trying to figure out when that play works. It’s been a while but I'm glad Jeremy’s doing it, and I’m psyched for these two different theaters to collaborate on it.

KV: I was glad to see that Jeremy’s attached to it. This is, I think, the fourth time that he’s directing a Chicago premiere of one of your pieces; he really seems to have the right kind of directorial sensibility to mesh with your sensibility as a writer.

WE: Agreed.

KV: That has to be gratifying to find that kind of partnership.

WE: It’s great because it’s one of those things like a lot of stuff in life: I don’t take it for granted a bit, but it just feels very easy and true. Jeremy’s got a great, a really, really good sense of humor. He’s got a really big heart. He’s a super, super intelligent guy about theater and all that stuff. I think I mean those things roughly in that order. I might even put heart first—I think he's got a big, sympathetic good heart and so I think he leads with that. He’s interested in finding simple, straightforward human stuff. And so I really appreciate that because I think it’s findable, I hope it’s findable.

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