Baseball announcing is very much like writing in that you’re story telling. You’re heightening the drama, making the down times entertaining, and really highlighting the personalities of the players. It’s all about following characters on a journey."
KATIE STOTTLEMIRE: Many of our readers likely know you from your outstanding writing career, having written for M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier (just to name a few). However, your life outside of writing is also fascinating. You went into the army early on in your life. How did that sudden change impact your writing?
KS: You have had many, different exciting opportunities throughout your life. You are also a major league baseball announcer! You started from humble roots by taking tapes with you to stadiums to practice on your own, and went on to announce for teams like the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and the San Diego Padres. What drove you to the pursuit of this dream? How has it impacted your artistry?
KS: Many of the TV sitcoms you have worked on were with a live studio audience. How did this prepare you for writing for the stage? Are there any surprising similarities or differences?
KS: Comedy often critiques the world around us, and the world has been changing constantly since the beginning of your career to now. And yet, good comedy often rings truthful and poignant no matter what is currently happening. Has your approach to comedy changed as the world changes?
KS: You have six plays available at TRW that have smart, witty dialogue for grown-ups, with AMERICA’S SEXIEST COUPLE, GUILTY PLEASURES, WHAT IS MURDER?, 4:05 NOCTURNAL, ON THE FARCE DAY OF CHRISTMAS, and SMOKE GETS IN YOUR HOUSE. Speaking of dark, here’s your final question: You’re stranded on a deserted island and all you have with you is whatever is currently on your desk. What’s coming with you?