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A Requiem for Sherlock Holmes

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kathleen Brant
July 26, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Sherlock Holmes battles his greatest opponents in this new play, A REQUIEM FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was in 3rd Grade and was invited to come watch a production at my grade school. When it was over, I walked up to the director (one of the toughest teachers at the school) and told her I wanted to help out in any way possible! I was hooked.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
The relationship with the live audience is always fluid, therefore the living breathing spectacle will never be the same. Every night will be different. Live theater is a very intimate raw animal. Developing new work, directing early productions can be akin to attempting to carve a magnificent sculpture out of raw marble. Good collaboration with Playwrights, Designers and actors leads to magic on a cosmic scale.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Last year, while working on the Presidential campaign, I noticed a post on Facebook. A playwright I adored, was meeting with two actors (I love) to discuss a full length Sherlock Holmes play. One of the actors I had directed several years ago as Sherlock Holmes in a Christmas show, featuring THE BLUE CARBUNCLE. They were meeting at The Players Club and drinking Scotch! I had to get in on this! I sent a note, they contacted me, and I agreed to direct this Staged Reading, (even prior to reading the extraordinary script), based solely on the artists involved!

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Rosalind. She enjoys watching men "wrestle" and Sherlock is one of literature's best wrestlers!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely! Theater takes us where we are not sure we want to go, opens our eyes to ideas we never thought of before and illuminates the unthinkable. When it is done well, we can leave the theater with thoughts of actions to be taken. And thoughts will lead to conversation, which can lead to change.