The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
nytheatre.com q&a preview by West Hyler
July 3, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
A trapeze duo suffers a tragic fall that deeply wounds both partners, years later they meet again under the big top and try to repair and rebuild themselves and their broken love.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I'm drawn to a synthesis between theater and circus. I like live entertainment best when the audience has the opportunity to participate in the theatrical experience. This doesn't mean that it has to be interactive but the audience should be aware that they're seeing something live and that the world of the show includes them in it. When the trapeze acts happen in our show I hope the audience will be amazed that they're sharing the same intimate space with the artists high in the air. I want theater to make us feel present and complicit in the events onstage.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
That has high quality circus and theater combined and presented in an intimate space. While we all know that there's some excellent circus/theater happening on Broadway right now, this is your chance to see a musical with spectacular world-renowned trapeze acts happening only a few feet away from you.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Because the show is about the romantic relationship between a trapeze duo there's a lot of big-top-esque excitement that happens on the stage. It stops my heart to watch it and I honestly sometimes forget to breathe. It's such a visceral and unexpectedly intimate experience that I think theatre-goers will be talking about it for a long time afterwards.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo, without question. Groucho was great on film and really became the star when the Marx Brothers went into movies, but when you look at their stage shows it's clear that Harpo was the star. His physical comedic genius was meant for the theater and that's why he was the toast of Broadway and the Algonquin roundtable after "I'll Say She Is".
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Walking into a production is like moving to another world, one where you meet new people and gain empathy for strangers who live and think differently than you. This empathy for another is what breaks down barriers, encourages selflessness and moves us towards the greater good. Hopefully, that's always the direction in which change propels us.