Magazine article American Theatre

Nicky Silver: Fit to Pick out a Tie

Magazine article American Theatre

Nicky Silver: Fit to Pick out a Tie

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Setting: A summer afternoon, Man Ray restaurant in Chelsea. It is cool and dark. Nicky Silver drinks Diet Coke and smokes. His new play, Fit to Be Tied, opens this month at Playwrights Horizons under David Warren's direction. It includes the usual mix of love, fear, death, obsession, the family, plus an angel from the Radio City Christmas Pageant.

It has been three years since the opening of his wildly successful Pterodactyls, but Silver still lives in the same tiny apartment in Chelsea from which he walked to his day job at Barneys - in the days when he still had a day job. He keeps his sweaters in his kitchen cupboards because he never cooks and he needs the storage space. He goes out every morning for a Snickers bar, which he will not buy in bulk. He needs a reason to emerge from the apartment in the morning.

JOHANN: Your next play, Fit to Be Tied, is about a family and the Radio City angel. Is the theatre for you like a family?

SILVER: Far superior to my own, but like one, yes. When they read my plays, people ask me all the time what horrible things must have happened in my childhood. Nothing horrible happened. Just mundane things that I perceived as horrible tragedies. Fit to Be Tied is like a marriage of Food Chain and Raised in Captivity in terms of its aesthetic. I hope they're sort of mushing together, like Strindberg with songs.

It is about this young man (Arloc) who's so afraid of being alone that he actually "detains" a date. This is discovered by his mother, Nessa, who makes a deal with the captured young man (Boyd). …

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