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Old Sound Room Lear

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adina Verson
June 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Co-Founder/Actor.

What is your show about?
An aggressive adaption of King Lear, this production explores generational division, utilizing Shakespeare's words, original movement and music, and new text culled from interviews with residents of the Lillian Booth Assisted Living Facility.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love working on collaborative, ensemble-based theatre. It's definitely challenging, but when everybody in the room can bring their ideas forward to tell the same story, the individual ego can be dropped and the show is greater than any of the parts.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
None of the above- the story is most important!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met the other founders of OldSoundRoom at the Yale School of Drama, where we all got our MFAs. Yale really nurtures the collaborative soul, and we all wanted to bring that spirit into our work in NY. I love these people so much, working with them every day is truly a dream.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising! We've had a great time finding new ways to tell an old story (King Lear). There are so many ways to bring an audience through an experience, and I think/hope they'll be surprised by what they find.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
THIS important! (big arm gesture) Diversity of thought, of ideas, of culture, of race, of age, of space, of time... theatre is about empathy, and that is the way to bring about social change, acceptance, and love. More diversity in theatre allows for a wider our range of experience, which allows for greater understanding.