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Azalea Path

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jack Wernick
July 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Director.

What is your show about?
Sylvia Plath returns to her father’s grave on the 50th anniversary of her death, where she encounters ghosts from the past, and a pair of radical feminists determined to rewrite herstory.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was cast in a leading role in a play in second grade. My Mom was convinced I would never be able to memorize my lines. My teacher assured her I could. I still remember that feeling of wonder, being onstage. The wonder of theater has been with me ever since.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
My play "Destination Wedding" was nominated for an Outstanding New Script Award at last year's Midtown International Theatre Festival. I directed my play "My Wife, Starring Jock Ronson" at the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival in February, and also directed my play "Postcard" at Manhattan Rep in May.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I have directed three of my plays this year alone in New York, and greatly enjoy the process of directing my own work. This play has a personal resonance for me and I was eager to continue my work with collaborators such as actor Hannah Daisy Brandt, composer Sean Van Doornum, and designer Charles Moser.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I'd say Surprising, because while Sylvia Plath, the main character in the play, is often viewed as a tragic figure, I have presented her as a character who is funny, passionate, and unpredictable. Also, the play starts out on a more reflective note but becomes more intricate and engrossing and, yes, surprising by the end. The play is also satirical, controversial and funny!

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is important for any number of reasons, not least because there are generally more opportunities for minority actors in theater than in TV or film. It is essential for people of different races and cultures to see characters they resemble, they identify with, portrayed onstage. Our production has a multi-cultural cast and I prefer to work with actors who reflect the diversity that is life in New York and by extension, the US.