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World Wide Lab: A Directors' Feast

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Evan T. Cummings
August 30, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Co-Artistic Director and one of 12 collaborating directors.

What is your show about?
World Wide Lab 2013 - A Directors Feast contains two programs: PROGRAM A (Two Is Company) presents moments in the life of a Woman, and explores the rites and rituals involved when people come together and things fall apart... while PROGRAM B (Alone in the Crowd) is a theatrical study of community and the individual’s place within it.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Collaborative director-driven theatre – where ideas are shared, cultures and styles are explored, and a diverse, eclectic, but unified vision is achieved.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
...has 12 directors, representing 9 countries! Together with a company of 18 actors and nearly a dozen talented designers we will preset 6 collaboratively-directed half-hour plays on the theme of RITUAL.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Each of our 12 directors attended the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 2010 – and we have collaborated annually ever since.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
We have six separate theatrical pieces being presented, and each would be liked by a different Shakespeare character: Agamemnon by Lear (another King troubled by family and society), Interrupted by Lady M. (“Out, damned spot!), Last Request by Hamlet (“To be, or not to be…”), Waxing West by Viola (“Knows’t thou this country?”), WEDDING by Puck (“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”), and The Story of an Hour by Hamlet’s Player King (“Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament. Grief joys, joy grieves on slender accident.”)

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
It is everything. As you will see we have Germans, Italians, Canadians, Taiwanese, Indians, Israelis, and Americans – artists of all races and cultural backgrounds directing and acting in our show. We are representative of a culturally and artistically diverse world. Everyone is welcome, and we hope our commitment towards diversity will extend to the audiences that come see our work as well.