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Scott Keister


Time in Greater OC: 25 years

Neighborhood: Fullerton

Hometown: Culver City

What are you currently working on?

Revising my mystery play, "The Long Rewind." After several Zoom readings and a number of revisions it's ready to go to stage.

What's been inspiring you recently?

Coming back from the plague years.

Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

Shakespeare, Sondheim, McDonagh, Sheppard and lot of actors I work with currently.

What kind of theatre excites you?

Female heroes, reverse gender roles in general, mysteries, offbeat storytelling, stories about real people, unusual tales of everyday heroism.

What's the craziest thing you have ever needed to do for theatre?

I just recently did a run of "Hamlet" with two injured legs where I could barely walk, so I incorporated a pronounced limp into the character. Even the director didn't realize I was actually injured.

What surprises you the most about your role in the theatre community?

Being an OCTG Voter! It's a great responsibility and I get to see a lot of plays I'd never see otherwise. Also I love having my plays produced--nothing like seeing your hard labor up on stage, performed with living, breathing actors.

What advice do you have for theatre artists just starting out in Orange County?

Audition everywhere, volunteer everywhere––all theaters love getting help. Getting to know people is the first step to getting involved.

Go ahead, promote your things...

Any producers looking for new works, check out my play "The Long Rewind." It's a hard-boiled detective thriller that runs backwards. The case the detective is trying to solve is only a part of a deeper mystery whose solution is buried in his memories. Shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.

Scott Keister
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