DEATHSCRIBE X – A Few Words with Scott T. Barsotti

DEATHSCRIBE X finalist Scott T. Barsotti is a playwright and author from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott writes plays of all kinds, but has a particular emphasis on the Horror genre. Scott was a proud company member of WildClaw for six ghastly and glorious years, and is a Resident Playwright alumnus of Chicago Dramatists. Scott is the author of the horror sci-fi novel SINGLE VERSION, as well as the plays The Revenants, Kill Me, Entry (or, you think you know me), Brewed, Jet Black Chevrolet, Facing Angela, and adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Scott’s work has been produced and/or developed by WildClaw, the Goodman (through the Playwrights Unit), Curious Theatre Branch, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Steep Theatre among many others. His plays have been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, as well as festivals produced by SCI-FEST Los Angeles, Collaboraction, American Theater Company, Tympanic Theatre, and many more, as well as live events such as the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), DEATHSCRIBE, and the Paper Machete. He was a finalist for the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award.

Scott took a few moments from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his return to DEATHSCRIBE.

What additional projects do you have, previous or pending, that we can brag about for you?

My sci-fi horror novel SINGLE VERSION is out and for sale at Inkshares and Amazon. It’s the story of an entomophobic pacifist living in a cockroached-choked, hyper-armed dystopian Chicago. And his cat. It’s about an America that’s been taken over by a lawless paramilitary group, wild disinformation, and nihilistic individualism. Ultimately it’s about a man trying to hold onto sanity and empathy in a world that’s given up on itself. Read it!

How did you get into horror? What excites you most about writing horror, compared to other genres?

Horror is about unknowns and the imagination. I enjoy writing and reading/watching horror and sci-fi because, to me, they’re about possibilities. They’re genres that speculate in order to get to the truth. That’s exciting to me.

What was the hook for you in this story? What came first, the story or the sound?

The sound, for sure. The way sound can physically and mentally affect people is really interesting to me, and low-frequency sound especially. BECKON came out of that.

What do you consider the biggest challenge in writing for “radio,” compared to traditional theatre?

Clarifying relationships without visual cues. When I write plays I tend to pay a lot of attention to how people relate to each other physically, how people use space, interact with objects and so forth. Writing for radio means not having those tools, so it requires a different and challenging way of thinking.

What sound would you most like to see/hear performed in a Deathscribe piece?

The Bloop.

What scares you?

The idea that nothing we think we know about the world–and about each other–is correct.

DEATHSCRIBE X will take place Monday, December 4th, at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Click the link below for more information.

Scott T. Barsotti