nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eileen Goddard
August 8, 2013
What is your job on this show?
I am one of the two co-creators of SKIN..
What is your show about?
SKIN is a performance + installation piece that explores the nature of body image and the obsessive world of eating disorders. SKIN is an exploration of the mental and physical struggles that women of all shapes and sizes live with every day, and their search for acceptance. Based on the real stories of women, SKIN blends sound, live music, poetry, and movement to create an intense and immersive environment.
What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not creating my own theatrical work, I work as a freelance lighting designer and technician around the city. I also run a small online handmade jewelry company, Imprint By Eileen. I write too - it's what I'm trying to develop most in my life, going forward.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
I believe we're the only show right now in New York City that really delves deep into eating disorders and body image. I love the way our show tackles such personal and uncomfortable issues in a really intimate and human way.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Dana Dobreva and I have been working together for years, but this is the first time we are working as co-creators, developing and creating everything about the show ourselves. We hand-picked our cast of six; four of the performers are amazing women who one or both of us had worked with before, and the other two are women we just had a "hunch" about. We are happy that our hunches turned out to be very right!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I think our show is going to surprise a lot of people. The content itself is very surprising - we have six women doing a lot of very private things in open spaces, while viewers walk around and are allowed to explore. I think this makes the show not only surprising, but exciting, unexpected.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is extremely important. The world is a vast place, and I believe that theater should reflect this. In SKIN, for example, Dana and I really wanted to show a wide range of women's experiences with eating disorders and body image. Cultivating that range and diversity requires going outside of your own comfort zone, to gather and bring in outside information, stories, and experiences. We are also incredibly fortunate to be able to work with six amazing performers - each woman in our cast has a very different physicality and background, and each woman brings her own strong, diverse perspective into the project, which is amazing.