CATF At Twenty-Four

INSIDE THE VOICE OF THE PLAYWRIGHT: FIVE INTERVIEWS BY SHARON J ANDERSON

 

CATF: What does “uncanny valley” mean?
THOMAS GIBBONS: It comes from the field of robotics. It is the idea that people are fascinated by an artificial being that is somewhat human-like, but the closer it comes to being more truly human-like, it becomes creepy.

CATF: Why write a play about it?
TOM: The sound of the words — uncanny valley —
really appealed to me. I didn’t have a title when I started the play, but I like to have a title as early as I can. I also liked that no one knew what it meant. I have a weakness for cryptic titles. Also, when I go to the theater, I like a certain element of mystery — not a “who-done-it,” but a certain amount of mystery where I don’t quite know what I’m in for.

 

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