nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kyle Loven
January 2, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Creator and Performer.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
The work I make emphasizes a non-verbal storytelling where puppets, objects, music, light, sound effects, and my own body further the narrative. Regardless of what art forms are being incorporated, I'm most interested in making theater that is challenging audiences to use their imagination and take an active role in deciphering the piece.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater because I'm excited by that powerful exchange that only happens in live performance between the performer and the audience. I thrive on the tangible satisfaction that happens to an audience member who has put the puzzle pieces together or has believed in an inanimate object coming to life. There are smells and noises and beautiful mistakes that, for me, all add to the uniqueness of theater.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
"Loss Machine" is about the emotional journey of loss. The piece combines famous stories of loss, visualized idioms, and multiple characters sharing a single emotional arc to tell a tale of loss and discovery. The work is a puzzle to be personally assembled and interpreted by each audience member.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING. The world of "Loss Machine" is an ever-changing structure filled with unexpected characters and surprising discoveries. Beauty, humor, and nostalgia appear in unlikely places and create a work filled with possibility.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is important in the theater I see because it helps me to look at the world in new ways. Diversity is important in the theater that I make because I am interested in challenging myself and my audiences. I am excited by diversity in aesthetic, storytelling, and medium.