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Wilde Tales

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kevin P. Joyce
August 18, 2013

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

What is your show about?
Wilde Tales is an evening of three fairy tales by Oscar Wilde performed in repertory, making use of puppetry, music and language.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Language based works. Absolutely. I enjoy playing with words more than playing with anything else.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theatre because of its sense of community. No matter who you are, where you come from, what you do etc. it is possible for anyone and everyone to sit in a dark auditorium and be equally enthralled by the same story that is being enacted in front of them. We become the third party and are included in all of the jokes, we root for the same heroes, we laugh and fall in love all together.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There are many moments in the show that I look forward to. The cast is supremely talented at balancing Wilde's wit with the sentimentality of the tone of the plays. The beginning of the play is probably one of my favorite moments. I can't quite explain it in words, but in the first five minutes or so of the play, there is so much joy and whimsy, one cannot choose but smile.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. It's so interesting to see the soft side of Wilde in these fairy tales. Yes, they're witty and fun and a touch satirical, but they're also sardonic and thought provoking.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre can bring about societal change. It does everyday. Any time two or more people are present one person become the audience and the other the performer. If that is true, wasn't the Occupy Wall Street movement theatre? The Stonewall Riots? "I have a dream" is just as beautiful and affecting as "to be or not to be".