Cause of Failure
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Megan Weaver
July 17, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to collaborate with amazing and diverse artists to create unique theatrical experiences. Sometimes I work on producing a script in a traditional(ish) process, which is wonderful particularly if the playwright is a collaborator on the production. But often my work comes out of an idea or an image, a deconstruction of a text or a collision of many texts. Sometimes the igniting factor is an interesting site, or a piece of art, or a current event. I usually direct, but I also write, perform, and write music. I LOVE working with people who also like to double- or triple-dip in other disciplines. Immersive stuff excites me; formal experimentation excites me; huge performance challenges really excite me.
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I assistant directed FullStop Collective's FringeNYC production of HAMLETTES in 2010 (Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Lillian Meredith), and ever since I've wanted to come back. It's a beast of a festival, with hundreds of fresh pieces of theater and innovative voices converging in one place. The spirit of a community of artists producing in tandem and supporting each others' work is incredibly special.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I really believe this show will stir something deep within our audience that will continue to move long after they leave the theater. In 100 minutes, the play traverses a ten-year journey of impossible loss and magical discovery. At the heart of the play is a young woman learning to let go of her mom. It's such an intimate story, simple at its core, and yet it's told with off-the-wall style and an epic perspective that renders it completely unforgettable. The play pulses with much love and much pain, with several splashes of zany humor and an exhilarating element of magic. Our hope is to ignite audience imaginations and forge a visceral gut-connection that will keep them talking late into the night - and hopefully for many days and weeks to come!
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I have to say E: none of the above... Because the cartoon character with whom this show TRULY identifies actually appears in the show! Portrayed by the insanely talented Sam Given, this cartoon zooms on to the scene as a wildly eccentric in-home nurse. I don't want to give it all away and spoil the fun, but suffice to say...she is a chain smoking archvillain with an affinity for puppies.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
The beach and the mountains are wonderful! And, amazingly, BOTH locales are key destinations in CAUSE OF FAILURE! Plus, the Kraine Theatre is a much closer commute, so there you go - come see the show! As far as the latest movie blockbuster... if you're looking for epic, surprising, entertaining and heartfelt, you can most certainly find it here. Plus you'll have the gratification of supporting fresh new theater, engaging with the culture of now, and being present on the frontier of the next wave of amazing new theater.