nytheatre.com q&a preview by Seth Panitch
May 23, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
When the thread of his life runs out, King Admetus allows his wife Alcestis to take his place in death; face to face with the specter of his own self- absorption, he sets out to reclaim her from the Great Beyond.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was, what my Mother (and pretty much everyone else in the world) called a hyperactive kid. Theatre is the only thing that ever challenged me enough to force me to sit still for longer than five minutes. I get the same thrill of the chase, of the challenge, when I work on it today, as that first production of "Charlotte's Web" in that Templeton the Rat fat suit.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
Will include actors and dancers from the National Theatre of Cuba. I might also say "that includes a three- headed hell-hound" but there might be one or two more of those.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
This play is the result of a six year collaboration with Cuban scholar/artists. We have met, studied, and performed on the playing field of Theatre, and that has made our relationship unique. We know each other as scholar/ artists first- before anything else.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SEXY. You can't put eighteen Cubans on the stage and not feel a bit SEXY.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is the only tool through which we in Theatre can remain relevant. The more homogenous we are with out storytelling, the fewer connections we will make to a modern audience.