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The Dreamer and The Acrobat

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Stav Meishar
January 23, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright, producer, actor.

What is your show about?
Mallory is an agoraphopic baker who never leaves her shop, eager to experience the world but terrified to try. The circus comes to town with Mallory's best childhood friend – the acrobat Gitano – with whom she's always been secretly in love. To be with him, she must overcome her fears and join the outside world before the circus leaves.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like theater that does more than stay within the restricted boundaries of theater. I like performance art pieces that incorporate multiple disciplines - theater, music, circus, etc. - into a seamless blend where you can't know where one discipline ends and the other begins. I like it when entertainment is served on the same dish with important issues, when a show challenges its audience to re-think things while at the same time gives them a great cultural experience.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater, but not only - I am fascinated by most live forms of art because it is happening right here, right now. There's a thrill to that that TV or film can never replicate, simply because it has already happened. Performing arts are exhilarating because they are organic, and no show is exactly the same.

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 would like to think it would circle the audience's minds at nighttime, when they're about to go to sleep, cause the questions the show raises aren't easy to answer. Then I hope the show will haunt their dreams cause it's also a very beautiful show, made of the material dreams are made of.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Definitely surprising. It has aspects of smooth, sexy and smart, but most of all it goes to surprising places...

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Very much so. Theater should be a mirror of society and at the same time lift you up above your daily existence. To achieve this oxymoron the theater must seek out new ways of presenting itself, and create a variety of topics to explore and means by which to explore them.