nytheatre.com q&a preview by Claire Sanderson
September 18, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love theatre that I can also be a creative part of. I love it when I'm allowed to add my own input and ideas to the pot. I like theatre that utilises other narrative devices to tell a story, through different media, physical representation and ingenious use of set and props to their fullest and most theatrical potential. Theatre can't compete with TV and Film and so needs to set itself apart as a totally different entity, exploiting its uniqueness as a live and experiential event.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
The director would have nothing to direct without a play, the actors would probably just be wandering around aimlessly and afraid to take risks without a director to guide them and a playwright would have no one to put their play into fruition without actors!
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 definitely think The Future merits an 'All Nighter'! There are so many discussion points that all affect each other and immortality is such an interesting a probable concept that initially sounds amazing until you really start thinking about the consequences, as our characters soon find out.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SMART. The play is very smartly written and all aspects have been explored by the writer, Andrew Harrison. He has also left parts open for the audience to speculate on themselves.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are people who don't require recognition to be a hero or feel the need to justify their 'hero-ification'. I love people who just go about their business, not realising that they are totally amazing. Today I watched a huge construction worker helping a little old lady across the street in the wind, it was so lovely I had to stop and smile. The best heroes are unsung and unfortunately unnoticed. Heroes are also people who like to step outside the box and really inspire others, even though they risk failure. Bravery is heroic, people who are unafraid and unabashedly themselves. No apologies.