Who’s Playing at The Outer Loop?
November Edition: Lindsay Infantino
She’s Outer Loop’s resident playwright and our favorite “up and coming artist to watch.” Despite her youthful appearance, Lindsay writes with the experience and sublty of a wizened sage. (Yes, a wizened sage.) Some of us at Outer Loop have been working on her plays for years now, and we will never tire of her thoughtful and nuanced style. At last, we are thrilled to humbly introduce her to you.
What’s your art?
So many things! I feel most closely connected to playwriting and most energetic about art when I’m working in theater. But first and foremost, I came to art as a poet. And poetry is really the thread throughout all of my work, whether I’m writing a play, a short story, a piece of non-fiction, or even when I’m just imagining what a scene will visually look like on the stage and how characters will engage with one another and move through space. Poetry informs all of that.
Where do you come from?
Rochester, New York
I was going to separate these into artistic inspirations and life inspirations, and then I realized those are really the same thing for me. So, in no particular order: Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill, Don Delillo, Sandra Cisneros, Charlie Kaufman, Marguerite Duras, my mom, my grandma, Amara VerValin, Jessica Hagedorn, this really awesome human you might know named Michael Herman, actors and how on earth they do what they do, my friends at the Parole Preparation Project, all of the incredible voices fighting to end mass incarceration, and my students.
What are you working on now?
I feel like I’m about to start working on a new play. I say “feel” because it’s sort of bubbling up at the moment. I’m finishing up my MFA program at LIU Brooklyn next month, so I’m sort of in a period of transition. Right now I’m writing a lot of poetry and creative-non fiction for classes, and trying to help my thesis play, STILL, find a home in the world.
Awesome! Where can we see more?
You can hear me read some new work at KGB Bar in the East Village, Friday, December 4th, at 7pm. And you can always find me at the Outer Loop’s monthly salon, Talk Hard, at Over the Eight Bar in Brooklyn.
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