Zach Braff talks to STV about ‘sensationally funny’ All New People

 

Zach Braff, star of Scrubs and Garden State, was in Glasgow last week for his play All New People, which he wrote and starred in, and which attracted rave reviews during its sold-out run. (Read ours here.)

So how did it come about? Zach explained to STV’s Grant Lauchlan: “I wrote this play and did it in New York City, off Broadway in a 300-seat theatre.

“It was my first play, and I wasn’t in the role – the idea was like let’s figure it out and make it better, and workshop it in a sense, even though we were actually doing it in front of audiences.

“I wasn’t in the role. I was rewriting it from the back. We had such a wonderful response that the Ambassador Group invited us to tour it across the UK. This time I though ‘Well, that sounds like a dream opportunity for some fellow, I would like to do that.’ [strokes chin and laughs]”

What was the inspiration for All New People? Zach replied: “I grew up going to theatre, as a kid I loved theatre, and in the back of my mind I thought I would always love to write a play.

“I like dark comedy too, I’m into the idea of laughing at really dark things. This play opens with someone suicidal and being met by three strangers. Essentially they have a really twisted party over the course of real time.”

He added: “It’s really funny but it’s about the dark subject matter and the drama of these people’s lives can’t help but bubble to the surface.”

  • All New People begins at Duke of York's Theatre in London tomorrow for a strictly limited 10-week run.

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