2 From the Sea
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Beth Skinner
October 13, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theater where acting and narrative is thoroughly immersed in lighting, live music, video, creating a sensory, resonant world of imagination.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
In this largely virtual environment of our daily lives, theater offers an experience of sharing time and space collectively, in the moment, and this is a necessary human (and animal) need: breathing, hearts beating in a semblance of synchronicity.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
HOLIDAY MEMORY, adapted from a radio play by Dylan Thomas, is a wistful childhood recollection of a day at the seaside. RIDERS TO THE SEA re-enacts the fateful day her mother lost two sons to the sea. Cathleen leaves a window open to the west with a light burning to guide the departed home and sets places at the table for her six brothers, father, and grandfather, all lost at sea. We hope the audience has an inner experience of the grace, buoyancy, power and terror of the sea.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theater can inspire the imagination and stimulate the mind to make new synapses, intercultural and interdisciplinary , affecting audiences in sensory and subconscious ways. In our performances questions arise: what is sound? what is hearing? what is light? what is the nature of energy and movement? what are the boundaries between one mind and another, one moment and another, one culture and another, one species and another?