Who is Don Creedon?
Due to recent overexposure to mystical readings (and Flan O’Brien), Don Creedon is beginning to suspect that he only exists as a product of his own imagination. That imagination currently tells him he is a playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, and producer, originally from Dublin, Ireland and now living and working in New York. His plays include The Lobby, Celtic Tiger Me Arse, Shackled, Divine Intervention, Dry Rot, and Guy Walks Into a Bar (winner Audience Award for Best Play 1st Irish Festival 2010). Imagined screenplays include A Very Married Man, Mir Friends, and Work of God. He also seems to have directed numerous other plays and is the president/founding member of Poor Mouth Theatre Company, which appears to be based in An Béal Bocht Café in Riverdale, the Bronx.
Do you have upcoming events you’d like people to attend?
A reading of a new rewrite of my first play The Lobby, an Irish comedy farce. This reading will be public, not just in my own head. I think. Date and venue TBD.
What is your favorite dramatic work/s?
The Misanthrope, Noises Off, Loot, Juno and the Paycock, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Much Ado About Nothing, To Be or Not to Be, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Father Ted, Nurse Jackie, Arrested Development, Fawlty Towers, any Laurel & Hardy.
Who are the playwrights (and writers) you most admire?
Molière, David Ives, Christopher Durang, Joe Orton, Caryl Churchill, Beckett, Pinter, Martin McDonagh, Flan O’Brien, Jennifer Egan, Joseph Heller, Dave Eggers, Salinger, PG Wodehouse, Roddy Doyle. Oh…and Shakespeare (esp. the comedies).
Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
Bob Dylan, for his timeless imagery, unique mode of expression, continuing relevance, complete disregard for public opinion, his “never-ending tour”, and the relentless pursuit of his vision. I consider him today’s Shakespeare.
What are the top five things you’d like to accomplish in the next five years?
- Have my latest full-length plays The Lobby and Dry Rot produced outside of my head.
- Adapt my screenplay Work of God for the stage.
- Rewrite the play Spudmunchers (with Colin Broderick).
- Continue to produce new, original work at Poor Mouth Theatre Company—keeping the Bronx safe for theatre!
- Achieve nirvana.
If you could dream of trying something in the arts you haven’t tried, but would like to, what would that be?
- A one-man show with me in it.
- A two-man show with me playing both parts.
- A three-man show with me playing all three parts.
- I think you get the drift.
What was the best gift that someone gave you that inspired or facilitated an interest in your art?
An A for an English essay in secondary school. (In Ireland, A’s for anything are quite rare—they don’t like to over-encourage!). Before that, I didn’t know I had a “voice”.