nytheatre.com q&a preview by Bart
January 11, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
This intense, 1888 drama, an upstairs-downstairs with a passion about the taboo of sex between the upper and lower classes has lost none of its impact in the ostensibly classless 21st century, all round, a fabulous production and one of the best pieces of theatre seen at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
At age twelve I saw a play in an old tile-factory, with my granny, in which my uncle starred. The actors had white faces, it all seemed magical... to suspend your disbelieve and step in another world, while sitting in a gloomy industrial site. With the make-up, the lights and the actors everything changed and I sat there, spellbound for an hour, mesmerized. I'd never seen anything like that. Was it possible to be in another world while you were not? My granny thought it was fun, she'd seen it all before, her son acting. I wanted to be in it.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
was a sell-out show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has five star reviews straight from the festival.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Because it's the best three-hander Strindberg wrote, with cut throat meaty dialogues, it's a timeless classic that keeps you spellbound.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Not anymore, about 150 years ago an opera caused a revolution in Belgium leading to the Belgian Kingdom coming into existence,and what about the French Revolution?