The Startup is a finalist in our theatre production playwright category for 2018, and we go behind the writing process with Richard Boehmcke.
What was your inspiration behind the story?
In 2010 I left my job at a non-profit to go work for a tech startup. I had 0 tech experience. Most of my answers to interview questions were things I had read about or learned the week before. But somehow I ended up as a part of a rocket ship of a company led by brilliant people. The next two years of my life were strange, incredible, exciting, enormously stressful, and wildly unique. When that company got acquired for 645 million dollars, I left to start a video production company. However, the craziness of the startup fever that had affected the city, as well as the crazy things I was a part of stayed with me and became even more apparent. It was hard to ignore. And so I did what I do whenever I can't stop thinking about something... I wrote about it. The result is "The Startup."
Why did you decide to write the script?
I just couldn't get the idea out of my head. There wasn't a tipping point. I almost started with the most madcap scene and worked backwards to see how I could arrive there. But it wasn't linear. Often times scenes got written in no particular order. I just wanted to explore particular relationships first.
What was the most challenges process in the writing?
The hardest part was making sure that while the characters were hyperbolic, as real people can be, they also felt like they could exist. They had to be just at the edge of nonsense, with very real wants and desires and failures.
Do you have any advise for aspiring writers?
Put your head down. Write like hell. Pick your head up, make your thing, then, put your head down and go back to writing like hell.
Richard's script is currently being entered into competitions and festivals, and when we ask what his future projects could be.. he tells us it is a secret! Good luck Richard on the festival and competition circuit, and we look forward to your secret future works.