10 Questions: An Interview with Damon Chua

Made famous by James Lipton, host of “Inside the Actors Studio”, the following 10 questions were originally conceptualized by host Bernard Pivot from the French series “Bouillon de Culture”.

1. What is your favourite word?
Schadenfreude. It sounds so beautiful, yet it is anything but.

2 What is your least favorite word?

3 What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Anything that expands our idea of what “life” and “living” is.

4 What turns you off?
“OB markers.”

5. What is your favorite curse word?

6. What sound or noise do you love?
Light rainfall.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
Anything loud.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

9. What profession would you not like to do?
I would be the least competent babysitter in the world.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
F*ck you, you lucky sonofabitch.

Born and raised in Singapore, Damon went to college in England and came to the United States to attend graduate school. He has been writing for as long as he can remember, and counts Constance Congdon, Sarah Kane, and Federico Garcia Lorca as his favorite playwrights.

Damon received an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for his full-length work FILM CHINOIS, a noir mystery set in 1947 China. This play is published by Samuel French. His short play STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES was picked as one of the Best 10-Minute Plays of 2009 and published by Smith & Kraus. A Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon has been invited to several theatre conferences including the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and the Cultural Conversations Theatre Festival. His pieces have been presented in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Alaska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, London and Singapore.

Damon also writes poetry and short stories, and is the process of completing a non-fiction book. When not writing, he can be found at his day job producing feature films. One of his movies, Perth, was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Damon is also the recipient of a filmmaking travel grant from UNESCO and an INSPIRE grant from the Singapore Film Commission. His alma maters include Stanford University and Oxford University.

Damon Chua is also a festival artist at the Something to Write Home About festival in Singapore.

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