Fay Ellen Graetz: How a Small-town Girl Saved the Planet

The Alliance for the Arts is initiating a new campaign highlighting members who are creative. We are reaching out to poets, painters, playwrights – those who work with scores, scripts, stitches – favor Arp, Arbus, Atwood – or love pencils, plays, or pianos.

Fay Graetz is a Playwright, a member of the Alliance for the Arts and a founding Alliance book club member. We are proud to introduce her. Her play Affirmation will be presented April 15th at 3 pm as part of the Theatre Conspiracy’s Play Reading Series. Learn a little bit more about Fay through our Mini-Proust Questionnaire.

With all expenses paid to pursue your writing, where would you choose to live and work next summer?

So kind of you to offer!  New York City. 

If you didn’t write, what would you like your creative outlet to be?

I’d love to have a lovely singing voice and warble to my heart’s content.  It must be wonderful fun belting it out with a band or orchestra.  Otherwise, any creative outlet that doesn’t require “plot.”   Is cheese-making creative?  I love cheese.

 What playwright, living or dead, would you have liked to meet and what would you ask him or her?

Shakespeare! For starters, I’d ask, with due respect, “Did you really write all that?” And, “Do you have any other hobbies?”

What is your greatest extravagance?

My Big-Spender Husband.  If it wasn’t for him, I’d be living like a pauper with a mattress stuffed with cash.  He’s got “spending vision.”  And good taste.  So, that’s a good thing

What is your most treasured possession?

My husband’s paintings.

What would you like the title of your autobiography or the title of your biography to be?

Fay Ellen Graetz: How a Small-town Girl Saved the Planet

What trait do you most value in a friend?


What historical person do you most identify with?

Does Annie Hall count?  This is a tough.  There are zillions of historical people and more every day.  The word “identify” makes me cautious; but, I’ll give it a try, with the utmost humility. 

I’m going with a combination of Eleanor Roosevelt and Phyllis Diller, for the obvious reasons.  They marched on with or without Franklin and Fang. (Fang!)  And because I love people and story-telling and learning about other cultures and languages:  add Margaret Meade into the mix.

What do you like most about yourself?

I’m very patient.

If, or when, you become wildly famous, where would you most want to present your work?

See #1 above.   Broadway, baby!

Fay Graetz is a playwright and member of the Theatre Conspiracy Playwrights of Fort Myers and the Dramatists Guild of America. “On the Hard” (two acts) was produced in 2008 at the Purple Heart Theatre in Fort Myers and a staged reading of “Wind Farm” (two acts) occurred in 2014 and was a semi-finalist of the 2015 Ashland New Play Festival. In addition she has received fiction awards from Florida Weekly and Gulf coast Writer’s Association and was awarded a seat at the Gulf Coast University Sanibel Writer’s Conference in 2008 and 2012.

Learn More About Affirmation by Fay Graetz

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.

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