nytheatre.com q&a preview by Yasmine Beverly Rana
June 17, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
The Fallen sheds light on the Bosnian War and the repercussions that men and women on both sides of the conflict face nearly two decades after its end; moving forward and backward in time, the play spans 20 years and follows six characters from Sarajevo to Turin to London.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I strive to write plays that provoke thought and stimulate an emotional, almost visceral response that resurfaces in conversation and contemplation long after the production finishes. When people are still talking about the content and craft of a play that closed a year ago, I know that I have connected with my audience on an intellectual and emotional level.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've been honored to work with talented directors including Caroline Reddick Lawson who first directed The Fallen at NYU through Nora's Playhouse. George Ferencz who directed the premiere of The War Zone is My Bed at La MaMa. Ken Cosby who directed the Los Angeles premiere of War Zone at Write Act Repertory. James Glossman who directed the premiere of Returning at Johns Hopkins University. Justine Lambert of The Looking Glass Theatre who directed the premiere of Blood Sky. John Pietrowski of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey who has developed many of my plays including the latest, Another Spring. I've also had the pleasure of seeing four of my plays published as the anthology, The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays, by Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I had the absolute privilege of meeting Terry Schreiber last summer when he attended the Nora's Playhouse production of The Fallen at NYU. Our meeting has led to this gift of an artistic experience for me.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of the above!
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely! It starts with connecting to your audience and bringing them into the conversation. Theater's not solely about the action and dialogue among the characters on stage, but the pervasive language and reflection that reaches the audience. That's how change begins.