The Subtext is a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires, and ultimately what makes writers tick.
This month on The Subtext, playwright Brian James Polak travels to Milwaukee, Wisc., to interview Catherine Trieschmann during previews for the world premiere of her play One House Over at Milwaukee Rep (playing through March 25).
Catherine details her decision to defy her parents’ wishes to follow a practical career and instead explore the arts as an undergrad at the University of North Carolina. The desire for an MFA brought her back home to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, where she began to find her voice as a playwright.
After a breakout production in New York City, Catherine and her husband did what any young couple would do: They moved to Western Kansas, where she’s not only been able to forge a successful playwriting career but has also developed a strong community with other artists.
Catherine also talks about writing challenges, varying audience reactions between the U.S. and England, and the recurring theme of religion, regularly asking, “Does God exist? If so, what does it mean?”