Dan LeFranc talks about the fictional (kind of) suburb of Rancho Viejo, and how it all began.
Dan LeFranc: For a long time, it was really like a thousand pages of scenes. It didn’t have a story engine, necessarily. It just felt like more of an Ionesco play or something where we’re just here and this is what we’re doing and there’s no rhyme or reason to why certain scenes happen after other scenes. And there was a lot of fun in that. It was a lot of fun to read around a table. And I think Adam was also interested in that. Which is great.
“We know there's a play that exists between the three of us, and we will find it.”
The Debate Society’s collaboratively devised plays frequently recreate vivid slices of Americana, but they generally evoke periods from more recent memory, fashioning a vibe that is in equal parts cheeky, nerdily hip, and spooky.
The three of them stand before a crowd at a cocktail fundraiser last fall and say in slow, dorky unison, “Hi! We’re The Debate Society!” — their trademark opener. Delighted, we all applaud.
Take a peek back into the visionary landscapes of place and imagination that animate The Debate Society's luminous new play.
Rancho Viejo — sunny onstage, starry off!
Go inside Rancho Viejo, where every day is 70 degrees and every night's a party (with your awkward neighbors).
What do your sun, moon, and rising signs say about you? The cast members of ‘A Life’ explore their astrological charts and find out.
Adam Bock gets to ask the questions about ‘A Life’, talking with Susan Cheever and Ren Dara Santiago about memoirs, writing, and so much more.