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¡Olé!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Paul Bedard
January 13, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Ole! takes you into the bullring to see Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca pit magic against science through paint, poetry, and flamenco dance.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I really love working on plays that investigate the untold stories of mythical characters, real or otherwise. THEATER IN ASYLUM began with a dance piece exploring the internal struggles of Vaslav Nijinsky, a dancer caught between two lovers and locked away in an asylum. A year later we investigated Lucia Joyce's influence on her father infamous Finnegans Wake. Ole! takes the letters of two of the 20th century's most famous artists, Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca, and dramatizes their debate and rumored affair.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
features this line: "-armpit, expression, mouth, expression, mouth, expression, mouth, mouth, armpit! And THAT, my friends, is how you create a surrealist painting!"

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Last winter I got the opportunity to travel to Spain and was stunned at what I found, particularly in Granada. The ferocity, intensity, and unrelenting sincerity of gypsy culture and of flamenco struck me to the core. When I started digging into the life of Lorca, one of my favorite playwrights, I found a story I could not resist: two men, in love at a time when they could be killed for it, debating whether art is an extension of either religion or science, all while Spain existentially and horrifically redefines itself.... I had to make this a play.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surreal

Who are your heroes?
Federico Garcia Lorca, Salvador Dali, Vaslav Njinsky, Serge Diaghilev, Tennessee Williams, Igor Stravinsky, Bertolt Brecht, Lucia Joyce, Lars von Trier, Björk, Barack Obama