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Iphigenia in Aulis

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Edward Einhorn
January 15, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Adaptor and Director.

What is your show about?
A new adaptation of the Euripides play, with indie rock, comics art, masks, and puppets.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
Growing up, I was always reading plays. By college I had read almost everything I could find, though I had still seen very little. My theater company's press (Theater 61 Press) has the philosophy that plays are a form of literature, to be enjoyed on the page, in a separate way from the way we enjoy them onstage .

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
combines comics, indie rock, puppetry, and classical Greek drama. Actually, not sure if any show has had that particular combo...

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Eric Shanower, who did the art, illustrated my Oz novels. We became good friends, and have been talking about working on an Iphigenia graphic novel (which we plan on for the Fall). This led to my translation, and the use of his art for this show. Aldo Perez, the composer, writes most of the music for The Renaldo The Ensemble. I saw them at the Living Room and was blown away and knew I wanted to work with them.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I worked with Vaclav Havel, whose theater led to a revolution, so yes, it can bring about societal change. Euripides was a revolutionary in his own way--in his (agnostic) attitude towards the gods, in his vocal doubts about the thin line between democracy and mob rule. which is what draws me to his work, of course.