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QUARANTINE–An Interview with Breaking Waves Playwright Wesley Mullins

on July 11, 2015
Wesley Mullins

Wesley Mullins

Tell us about your play.

“Quarantine” tells the story of the first night a doctor spends in isolation once she returns from treating Ebola patients overseas.  As if being confined to one room for two weeks isn’t bad enough, she soon discovers her new home is haunted by two inept ghosts.

Where did you come up with the idea? 

The doctor is inspired by real people in the news over the last year.  I’ve been fascinated by the stories of Ebola workers who risk their lives, surrounded by death, working in unimaginable conditions and then react so strangely when asked to spend time in quarantine.  I wanted to write about someone doing something heroic and then being forced into isolation where they’d have to deal with the realities of what they’d just experienced.

Because this was for the Fringe Festival, I wanted there to be something Fringe-worthy about it.  A good Fringe play features some experimental, fun elements in the storytelling.  What better way to liven up the doctor’s confinement than to put her in a room with a couple of ghosts.

This is your second year participating in the Fringe Festival.  How do you like it?

I like the festival because Fringe attendees seem to want to have a good time; they are a welcoming, accommodating audience.  I’m usually afraid to take risks in my writing, but the Fringe Festival is the perfect spot to explore new genres and aesthetics.

“Quarantine” by Wesley Mullins is produced by Actors Alliance and San Diego Playwrights as part of the Breaking Waves Festival in the 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival.  Things go from bad to worse for an Ebola doctor.  After she’s ordered to spend time in quarantine, she discovers that the room where she’ll spend the next two weeks is haunted by two ghosts. Performances are July 24 @ 9:00 p.m., July 25 @ 2:30 p.m., July 29 @ 6:00 p.m., July 31 @ 7:30 p.m. and August 2 @ 11:30 a.m.


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