…with Cameryn Moore
The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…
This week, let’s give a big hand to Cameryn Moore, whom I once met on the mean streets of Bath, England, where she was uncommonly determined to sexy-up the whole place.
Hi, Cameryn, tell us “all” about yourself.
I’m a playwright/performer, sex activist, sidewalk pornographer, and phone sex operator. I tell truths and spin stories, and encourage people to tell their own.
What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – because it combined romance and tragedy in a complex speculative-fiction universe in a way that made me cry and wish I could write something that clever.
What was your first published work?
In print? Probably something in my high school newspaper. For pay? An interview with a peach farmer in my local alternative newsweekly.
I’m going to spend the rest of the day wondering what “peach farmer” is a euphemism for… What is the best thing you’ve never had published?
The script for Hot Buffet, a fat-positive satirical musical (based on Cabaret) that turned out to be even more dystopian and bleak than the original.
What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?
I am most proud of getting in tune with happiness, and being braver in moving toward it. I wasted a number of years being chickenshit.
Selling live-written erotica in the street suggests you are chickenshit no longer. Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.
The Pretty One is my newest solo play. It’s a six-character monologue gallery about sex, including terrifying realizations and unspoken truths and quiet epiphanies.
Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…
Hearthcore is a storytelling show in which I will walk that tightrope between craving domestic bliss and fearing artistic death. While baking cookies for the—
For the Troops? For the Mob? For the love of the game? We may never know…
If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?
Anais Nin, because… I think we could have a lot of fun swapping stories about sexual encounters and writing smut for hire.
What are your plans for the future – all of it?
I’m going to continue writing and performing plays that speak to hard stuff in the human experience, and follow my bliss as much as possible.
My thanks to Cameryn, but I’m sure she’d be the first to agree that my little interviews are like problematic sex: just when you start getting into them, they finish. Still, you know what they say:
Always Leave Them Wanting… Moore.
Anyway, you can find out more about Cameryn at her site, including details of a UK tour that starts next week – maybe she’ll come back again after, more under relaxed circumstances…