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Take Ten Festival

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Graydon Gund
February 19, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Associate Producer, Director-"Maturity".

What is your show about?
16 plays duke it out to be voted best play by the audience!

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
It's always shifting, but lately I have been really into avant garde work that asks tough questions about what theater is and why we do it.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater because there is really nothing like the connection between audiences and actors. Going to the movies, or reading a book doesn't feel the same since it isn't being done for you right in the moment! Actually going on a journey with the people on stage and sharing that with everyone else in the audience is, at best transcendent, at worst, a great learning experience.

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 would like to think way into the wee hours. There are enough plays in the festival with interesting subject matter that could spark many late night conversations. The audience vote aspect should also make for some heated debates, with friends defending and arguing in favour of their picks.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
For the whole festival, Surprising, since there are so many different kinds of plays. For Maturity, Smart. It really digs into how people relate to siblings and the nature of that shared experience. How we crave it. What we will do to maintain it.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Audiences get a chance to see a diverse amount of work. If you don't like one play, then maybe the next will be more to your taste. Also, in our case, the playwrights are from all over the country, so you're getting a view of what people from outside of New York are thinking about and writing about today.