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Jollification | Mortification

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Federico Restrepo
March 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
light designer.

What is your show about?
A theatrical variety show on missed connections, hysteria and mortality.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and first came to New York to study at Merce Cunningham in 1984. I soon did my first show at La MaMa Theatre and have been a resident artist ever since. I work as a designer, choreographer and director.

What are some of your previous theatre credits?
During my years here in New York I have worked on many shows wearing different hats. With Ildiko and New Stage Theatre, I work primarily as a light designer, but I did also designed masks for “Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls”. With The New Stage Theatre, I have designed lights for the shows: "Garden of Delights", "Hypnotik", "Mapping Moi-bus", "Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls", "Round of Pleasure" and "Some Historic Some Hysteric".

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 think people will talk about this show way into the wee hours! Being that it is a cabaret compilation of a least 5 different full length shows packed into about 1 hour ten minutes there is A LOT going on - from hilarious to slightly disturbing, plenty to ponder!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is extremely important for me, on almost all levels, artistically, ascetically, racially, disciplinarily. I am a Latino director, choreographer, dancer, puppet designer, light designer and set designer, for me diversity is a way of life. I have my own theatre company Loco7 and with that company I employ as much diversity as I can.