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Entitlement & William Shakespeare's Mom

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Morgan Green
January 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director of William Shakesepeare's Mom by Milo Cramer, produced by New Saloon and The Brick on a split-bill with Lamb Lays with Lion's Entitltement.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I am not sure about boundaries, but there are certain things I believe. I don't think theater should be boring. I don't think it should be something you could see on television. Theater about torture or prison seems problematic to me. Plays in which women live only for the sake of a man make me laugh.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
A play can happen without a director and without a playwright, but it really wouldn't be much without the actors. The actor.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
"William Shakespeare's Mom" by Milo Cramer is a comedy about an artist's need for aknowledgement and how to go on with or without it. I hope the audience will enjoy themselves and be provoked to ask questions about our generation of educated young people serving lattes and battling debt.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Mick

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is a part of the world that theater presumably reflects. It is important to consider diversity in the same way that it is important to consider social elements such as gender or class. "William Shakespeare's Mom" pin-points the specific guilt and array of anxieties felt by a young, white, educated, privledged male who wants to be an artist. So this piece has acute lack of diversity, which is part of the story we are trying to tell.