nytheatre.com q&a preview by Melanie Moyer Williams
April 10, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Artistic Director for Red Fern and Director.
What is your show about?
Five dynamic writers and one composer explore the various meanings of HOME, as it pertains to individual groups in our society. With a rise in foreclosures and homelessness due to the failing economy as well as strong opinions on both sides of the immigration issue, the meaning of a home and what it means to have, and perhaps lose, one has been on the minds of every American.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I most enjoy working on plays that tackle current issues in our community and began Red Fern Theatre Company 8 years ago to do just that. Our evening of shorts has always been one of my favorites because it is the collaboration of over 30 amazing artists creating a great evening of indie theater.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
There is nothing like live theater and the element of the unknown. The energy and variable of a different audience each night makes every performance unique.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Everyone hopes into the wee hours of the night, right? Seriously, we produce plays that challenge our audiences to think rather than brow beat them with what they should believe. I hope our audiences grab a drink after the show and debate on which side of the fence they find themselves. With our evening of shorts, each audience member can find one show that connects most directly with them and will undoubtedly find someone who will argue the other side.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I'm not naive enough to say we are going to change the world, but if we can make a difference for one audience member or shed light on an issue previously unknown to our audience, we have planted the seed for change. We take it one step further and partner our productions with a philanthropic organization in our community whose mission addresses the issue in the play. This production is partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a philanthropy with whom I've wanted to partner since we started the organization. A simple, decent place to live is something we all should be able have.