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Mrs. Mayfield's Fifth-Grade Class of '93 20-year Reunion

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Leta Tremblay
May 8, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Shit hits the fan, secrets are revealed, and alliances are made between fifth grade classmates at a party 20 years later.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I hope not! Over the past few years in NYC, I have had the honor and pleasure to direct a play featuring a young Hitler, another with a school desk that comes to life and makes out with a student, a zombie fairy tale, a modern day Othello depicting American soldiers returning from the Middle East with PTSD, a split stage choreo-play, a site-specific apartment play, a magical realism tearjerker about congestive heart failure, and an epic symphony of horny conductors. Currently I'm developing a devised theater piece and directing a solo show while not in rehearsals for MRS. MAYFIELD.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
Is an elementary school class reunion party that actually takes place in an apartment in Queens where the audience will participate as guests!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met Mariah, the playwright, many times in passing during the first year or so that we both lived in NYC. We knew a lot of the same people, ended up at the same parties, I rehearsed at her apartment, ran into her at plays . . . but it wasn't until I saw a workshop production of Act I of her musical play, AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY, that I knew I had to work with this woman. I approched her after and offered to produce the show which I did at FringeNYC 2011. I also commissioned her to write a short play for my theater company, FullStop Collective's, annual FOREPLAYS event at Galapagos Art Space. She later expanded THE FOREPLAY PLAY into a full length which I directed site-specifically last year in a Brooklyn apartment. We love working together so much that we had to do it again for MRS. MAYFIELD!

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
I want all of these characters to come see this show. I think that they all would get something different out of it. Cyclops would become fixated on one plot line and confused when multiple conversations happen at once. Cupid would be that audience member that can't help but meddle in the action. Paul Bunyan would hang out at the drink table and eat all the chile. And the Easter Bunny would probably be distracting and hand out candy. So Cupid. Cupid would enjoy MRS. MAYFIELD the most.

Who are your heroes?
Right now these actors in MRS. MAYFIELD'S FIFTH GRADE CLASS OF '93 20-YEAR REUNION are really my heros. I think that they are all so brave for jumping into this unknown adventure and I admire how totally game they are for anything that might happen. I salute them and I pinch myself every day that I get to play with them.