► Sarah Gubbins Kindles a Dramedy of Desire with “I Love Dick”

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Sarah Gubbins, writer and executive producer of Amazon's I Love Dick. (Photo: Elisabeth Caren)

Welcome back to our podcast The Scene. Today my guest is Sarah Gubbins, playwright, screenwriter and showrunner for Amazon’s original series I Love Dick, which she co-created with Jill Soloway (Transparent, Six Feet Under).

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Gubbins’s plays include Fair Use, The Drinking Problem, The Kid Thing, fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life and Cocked. Her work has been developed and produced throughout the country, and she is a member of the gender-parity activism group The Kilroys, who recently released another list of recommended plays by female and trans playwrights. Now she also writes for TV, having adapted Chris Kraus’ novel I Love Dick into a show starring Kathryn Hahn, Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne. I Love Dick tells the story of Chris, a filmmaker who joins her husband Sylvère at an artist residency in Marfa, Texas, only to become obsessively attracted to his professor. The dramedy offers a full-throttle exploration of female desire, drawing heavy inspiration from the worlds of experimental film, modern art and feminist theory, and it also has the unique distinction of the being the first show ever with an all female or nonbinary writer’s room. It currently holds an 84% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the site praised its “smart, provocative, and funny observations on sexuality and gender roles.”

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Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne and Kevin Bacon (Photo: Leann Mueller)

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene and is also an arts writer for the digital news publication Rantt.