San Diego Playwrights

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HEART OF A LION–An Interview with Michael Eichler

on March 9, 2015

Michael Eichler had an excerpt of his play Heart of a Lion read at WordPlay Tuesdays at Diversionary Theatre in October 2014. The entire script will be read at Moxie Theatre 6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92115 on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm. (A show the day before sold out a month in advance!) Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Consensus Organizing Center at SDSU. You can make reservations at  Kevin Six is directing a terrific cast led by Jim Chovick.  Come join Leon the lion and learn that love can take the most unusual forms.

Tell us about Heart of a Lion and its development.
I was thinking about how little communication we have between generations today and when we do it’s pretty stilted and stereotypical. I asked, what do these attempts at connecting look like? Is there such a thing as friendship between people of different generations? If not, is there anything we can do to compensate?

What are your challenges? What are your successes?

Pete has a lion puppet, Leon, who becomes his best friend. This premise creates a very demanding role for the actor who has to be both the puppet and the man. Is this an idea that today’s audiences can relate to, or is it just a “stupid little story?” We had a house reading  and the play was very well received.

What is your next step?

After two readings at Moxie, and the necessary rewrites, I hope to find a theatre interested in a workshop production. Maybe there is a market for a sweet little oddball romance after all. When you think about it, who wouldn’t want to get to know Leon?

Read our previous interview with Michael about his play Holy Name.

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