nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sarah Riffle
September 16, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love shows that challenge me. Every show has its own unique hurdle to be jumped and I like the process of finding my way to the other side. Sometimes the challenges can be as exciting as discovering new ways to present an old text or as commonplace as how do we do "that" with so few resources? I've always been one of those people who likes to learn and explore and working on pieces that drive me to do either of those things excite me the most.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
...is relevant without being contemporary. It's shocking and fascinating how a piece this old can be so absolutely relevant without any sort of modernization to help it along.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
This is the kind of piece that people will either spend the first hour of drinks after the show discussing at length every aspect they've experienced or saying nothing at all in order to continue absorbing something so dense.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I completely agree. Art, whether in theatrical form or otherwise, is out there to say something. Theater is a fantastic channel for expressing emotions and opinions regarding the world around us. When audiences are challenged and engaged then you've gone beyond entertainment to inspiration, hopefully. People that are inspired and aware are the ones that help shape and change a society.