Jack Matthews

Interview with the Sphinx: A paradoxical & comic audio play

Interview with the Sphinx: A paradoxical & comic audio play  by Jack Matthews
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For fans of:Monty Python, Tom Stoppard, Sophocles, Oscar Wilde, Eugene Ionesco
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  1. Play Intro
  2. Opening: First Scene
  3. Second Scene: I See
  4. What were you asking?
  5. Well, maybe you believe that
  6. Hello .... Well, Good God!
  7. Final Speech

This witty philosophical comedy imagines the ancient Sphinx being interviewed today -- as though she were another pop celebrity. She is a talkative, flirty & mysterious person who likes to talk about anything -- except the question being asked!

In this provocative & immensely irritating comic play, the Sphinx from ancient Greece is interviewed in modern times as though she were a celebrity pop star. The problem is she never answers any questions -- never directly anyway. Instead she prefers just dishing the dirt on everybody. ON HOMER: "I never was exactly sure which one Homer was. I'm positive he wasn't the blind one, though; that was just a silly story they started telling a few centuries later". ON OEDIPUS: "Eddie was terribly conceited, you know … of course he was smart and handsome and, oh, just had a way of carrying himself that impressed everybody. In spite of his foot."

Bit by bit the Interview learns that what happens in Greek legend didn't happen exactly the way Sophocles described it. Fortunately, the Sphinx offers the Interviewer another riddle ... if only he could figure out what exactly it is!

This witty 67 minute audio play stars Jill Brumer as the Sphinx and Neal Gage as the Interviewer. Part Tom Stoppard, part Monty Python, part Oscar Wilde, this play by Jack Matthews combines philosophical paradoxes with fast-paced verbal pyrotechnics. It offers the perfect antidote to people who remembered ancient literature as nothing but stuffy and melodramatic characters with hard-to-pronounce names.

Jack Matthews (1925-2013) published 20+ books and taught creative writing and literature at Ohio University for 4 decades. He published 7 story collections which were praised by authors such as Tim O'Brien and W.P. Kinsella and positively reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and the LA Times Book Review. He is the author of Hanger Stout, Awake, a modern coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy's obsession with cars (which was praised by Time Magazine and called by National Book Award winner William Stafford "one of the most neglected works of the 20th century.") He has published multiple essays and several works of fiction about life in 19th century America.

Special Note for Noisetrade fans: You can also download a free 23,000 word story sampler by Jack Matthews in the book section of Noisetrade. The title is "Three Times Time" and can be found here: During the months of May and June, 2016, Noisetrade will also feature an audio play written by Jack Matthews. This play is called "Interview with the Sphinx." http://books.noisetrade.com/personville1/three-times-time-a-jack-matthews


Jill Brumer (the “Sphinx”) is a Houston actress originally from South Carolina with an MFA in Media & Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an avid reader, college professor, actor, all-around artsy/crafty person and fan of Sherlock Holmes. She has actually taught the play Oedipus Rexto her college students.

Neal Gage (the “Interviewer”) is a Houston actor/writer/director/teacher whose comic sketch videos have appeared on Funny or Die and Youtube. He finds comic inspiration from middle school students and loves to edit himself into major motion pictures.

Playwright Jack Matthews is the author of 10+ plays and 20+ books (including short stories, novels and essays). Winner of the Guggenheim, a play competition and several arts grants, Matthews has been anthologized widely, translated into several languages and nominated for a National Book Award.

Music for the play comes from the album "Listen" by Tryad (Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0).

For fans of:Monty Python, Tom Stoppard, Sophocles, Oscar Wilde, Eugene Ionesco
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