2018-2019 SEASON
20 Questions for Playwrights


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#1: LEILA

Which play of yours is part of our Season?
A Very Leila Christmas

Describe your play in one or two words.
Amazing. Incredible.

What inspired you to write this play? 
Christmas.

Who are three people, alive or dead, that you wish could see your play? 
Beyonce. Zac Efron. Allah.

Imagine your play is a meal; describe that meal... 
Advent Calendar.

Is this the first time you're visiting Waterloo Region? 
No. I am very popular in Waterloo Region actually. I am dating the Mayor of Kitchener as well so I am very familiar.

What do you think of when someone says 'Kitchener-Waterloo'
That is the place Leila performs at a lot.

What is your favourite sports team?
Whoever is playing the half time show at the big bowl.

Tell us a surprising fact about yourself...
I am still single.

What is a superstition that you have?
Don't unfollow people you like on Instagram - most of them have an app that tells them that has happened.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Zac Efron. I feel guilty how much pleasure he gives me.

What Podcast should everyone listen to?
I don't listen to podcasts but it would be the podcast I do if I did one.

What is the last book you read?
AN ENDURING LOVE - the book about Farah Pahlavi the former queen of Iran.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Make their own nut milk.

What skill would you like to master?
Dating.

Do you have a writing routine?
Yes.

Favourite play that isn't yours?
Right now it is SIX the musical. It is about the six wives of Henry the 8th but if they were in a girl group like Spice Girls.

Do you have any advice for your younger self? 
Don't listen to what people say. You are amazing and beautiful. When you believe it so will everyone else.

What is the next project you're working on?
Getting 10,000 on Instagram and becoming a model for Adidas.

Tell us a joke.
I charge for that!