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Black Ice

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Audrey Alford
July 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Harmony finds out her best friend of twenty years is gay and her life skids out of control while her childhood friends try desperately to save her.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I used to say that I would never work on a production of Shakespeare, but I recently realized it was simply out of a fear of failure. I haven't jumped in just yet, but I am wide open to trying anything now. Every experience really does make you grow, and there are good stories everywhere!

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
I have worked in 5 cities in totally different parts of the country, and a New York audience is certainly its own entity. Of course, I am now speaking in generalities, but I find the New York audience to be more knowledgeable, probably because there is a show on every corner at every hour of the night. Because of this, they tend to be more supportive, in my opinion. They may hate everything about the show, but they seem to have a respect for what it takes to get a production off the ground. This also means, though, that they are more critical. They know why they do or don't like what happened on that stage, and it creates some really great conversations!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I hope the audience will talk about Black Ice until the wee hours of the night! It is very thought-provoking and has so many layers. Instead of just saying that homophobia is bad and characterizing Harmony as an uneducated, hateful person, we get to understand what made her this way. Ultimately it is a play about friendship and the hard conversations that have to happen as you grow up, look at your past, and decide whether or not you are going to let it take hold of your future. Who wouldn't want to talk about that?!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I was going to go with sexy because some crazy awesome ladies kiss each other, but the truth is, the show is smart. The characters are bright, funny, complicated people. These four women are faced with a tough situation, and each one has her very own moment of grace and clarity that any of us would kill for.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Definitely! Theatre basically shuts you in a room and forces you to watch events from someone else's perspective. No one is yelling at you, usually, and no one is calling you ignorant for not aggreeing with them. Empathy is what creates change, and when a script comes together with the right actors and director, magic happens, which can open the door for empathy in the most hardened of hearts.