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Artaud…mon mômo

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Roi Escudero
May 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Performer/Designer/Director.

What is your show about?
Artaud mon mômo is a visual-dramatic spectacle inspired by the life, work and lucid madness of the visionary genius Antonin Marie Joseph Artaud. The play mingles documentary, visual theatre and the extemporary nature of performance-art.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theatre that breaches the mind and the soul. "A theatre without prejudices".

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
Each audience is different, regardless of wherever you perform, that is the beauty of theatre. You can feel the "moment" created by the audience.

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 will respond to this question with words from the script of Artaud...mon mômo: " ARTAUD: Madness!!! All of you who believe that I am mad can go to Hell! I will erase your mouth and put a spell on you... "you will never forget me"! My body will explode into ten thousand fragments, and I, Antonin Artaud le Mômo will expand in the universe. Each fragment of me will be a star, and every night you will see me in the sky. I'm warning you mes amis, you will never forget me"!

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
I would pick all four! ARTAUD LOVED THEM!!!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Of course! The work of an indie theatre artist is a labor of love. Our work is the reflection of what is happening in the world today. We are the voice of others, we are the storytellers of the truth. Tolstoy said "that the most important thing in life and art is to tell the truth." Antonin Artaud told the truth.