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Barbarous Nights

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sam Creely
June 30, 2013

What is your job on this show?
writer/director.

What is your show about?
Buster Keaton falls out of his film and into a poetic world, a 1930s both future and past; grapefruit roll through the sand like tumbleweed; the streets are filled with optical shops; there, a rush of travelers -- a blind maiden struggling with the length of her dress, her nigh Victorian mother, a ridiculously attractive man peddling feathers -- float through his nights like a dream as his sanity and the stoic stone face that made him famous start to crumble.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I write very short stories. And collect mermaid paraphernalia.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
..has a dress with a 30ft train.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Buster Keaton falls out of his movie. He is pulling a bear.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Maggie Smith.

Who are your heroes?
My mother, Virginia Woolf, Lorca, Buster Keaton, the great green moon.