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Cause of Failure

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Leta Tremblay
July 11, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
PASSING STRANGE by Stew. I first saw this killer, non-traditional, rock musical on Easter Sunday in 2008 and it was one of the greatest theatrical experiences of my life. Visually, the story was told very simply with strong, bold choices that framed the music and amazingly talented performers beautifully. They had me at the very first light cue, it was so spot on and specific. I was up on my feet singing and dancing along before the closed of Act I and by the end of Act II I had tears streaming down my face and was clutching my friend's hand for dear life. THAT is an emotional, roller coaster journey.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
CAUSE OF FAILURE is the only show in FringeNYC that boasts a human heart AND Cruella Deville, the cartoon in all her glory, as characters. It's also probably the only play in which a drive to the mountains in a failing heart causes the stage to fill with water and paramedics in scuba gear to appear. This story is extremely heartfelt and emotional but it is told from a place of imagination and play. Audiences will wonder what can possibly happen next, much like life in crisis.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about a mother and a daughter. It's about living with a loved one with an ongoing terminal illness. It's about loss, love, life, and the choices that define us. My hope is that audiences will walk away from this production with a sense of hope and opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. They should walk away moved by the visceral experience of this story.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this fantastical world of memory and imagination. The play was originally written as an excercise in impossible theater which immediately freed the author up to tell the story in a purely implusive way that few playwrights allow themselves. It's a true journey within the heart and the mind.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I LOVE FringeNYC! This is my third year in a row participating but my first directing. I produced HAMLETTES with FullStop Collective in 2010 (Overall Excellence in Directing to Lillian Meredith) and AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY in 2011 with Mariah MacCarthy (Outstanding Excellence in Performance to Lauren Hennessy). FringeNYC is an amazing opportunity to see A LOT of theater all in one place at the same time. FringeNYC brings the beach, mountains, and the movie blockbuster to you while you sit in your air conditioned seat in downtown NYC. So take advantage!