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Wind Set-Up

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lake Simons
March 18, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Co-creator, director, performer.

What is your show about?
Daily life set into motion by the wind and what it carries your way, a newspaper, a chair, a house. This describes a typical day in Wind Set-Up, a new movement theater piece that presents objects as puppets to reveal the poetry within a simple everyday item.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
My mom and dad founded a theater 37 years ago called Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. I grew up with theater life all around me everyday - wonderful people. It has become a natural part of me. There was never a question in my mind about whether or not I would choose theatre as a profession, but more a question of what can I do to keep theatre in my life. How can I nurture myself as an artist and keep myself creatively charged.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...has make-believe wind and rain on stage.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Since the first day this piece began to exist I felt that it came out of a special part of my conscious: the part that allows for playful interpretation. The wonderful Christopher Williams invited me to participate in an evening he curated called Puppeteer as Choreographer. I was honored to be thought of in that way and proceeded to create a short piece that highlighted the beauty of movement within a simple every day object. Because for me this is the base of what puppetry is. The puppeteer giving life to something that does not breathe on its own. And what better way to highlight that concept then by having the puppeteer make an object behave as if it is being affected by two of nature's elements: wind and water. I invited my frequent collaborator John Dyer to write and perform music for the piece and asked the physical theater performer Yoko Myoi to accompany me on stage. The audience responded very positively and I knew then and there that it would become a full-length show.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Wow. I sure wish this would come true. I would do two things with the money. The first being to set aside funds for me and my collaborators to continue making theatre work, perhaps this would mean paying for a space to create and perform in. The second thing I would do is set up a fund for artists. There are not enough money resources out there that support artists in the process of making new work.