Interview: Scott Caan on Writing his New Play

Not that it’s autobiographical, but Scott Caan’s new play, The Trouble We Come From, focuses on a guy at a crossroads when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Never mind that Caan himself received the news from girlfriend Kacy Byxbee some time in late 2013, and was blessed with baby Josie James last July. Lest you confuse him with the play’s protagonist, Charlie, who can’t decide between committing to parenthood or playing the field, the Hawaii Five-O star was overjoyed to learn he was going to be a father.

“It’s one thing to have a girlfriend, it’s one thing to be married, it’s another thing to say ‘Let’s have this child together,’” Caan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It no longer is about your feelings. We’re going to commit to each other. I don’t even think I’ll ever be married. But having a kid with this woman I’m with is stronger than any piece of paper or ring I can get.”

At Burbank’s Falcon Theatre through July 12, The Trouble We Come From began as a play with 11 interwoven characters, including actors playing past selves in flashback. Caan presented the play to the Falcon’s Kathleen Marshall LaGambina (Garry Marshall’s daughter), who showed it to Broadway director Matt August (Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas), who suggested paring it down to three characters.

“I said: ‘You’re completely out of your mind,’” laughs Caan. “I did a workshop with this guy and he really kind of showed me where the play was.” Not that Caan needed the guidance. This is his second play for the Falcon, and he’s written another half dozen or more for Playhouse West. [More at Source]

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