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The Orpheus Variations

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adam J. Thompson
June 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Conception, Director, Producer.

What is your show about?
Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld and the neuroscience of memory, The Orpheus Variations uses live storytelling, live radio play techniques, and live cinema technology to tell the story of a grief-stricken musician who goes on a journey through the sights and sounds of his memories in search of his vanished wife.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I am currently creating work at the intersection of performance and neuroscience, particularly with an aim toward using art to understand how people make and experience art.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
...collides live performance, live radio play techniques, a live original musical score, and streaming live cinema technology to create a visually vibrant art house film before your very eyes.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
When we premiered this show in October 2012, several audience members told us several weeks later that they couldn't stop talking about their experience - we hope that our remount is just as moving and affecting.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Maggie Smith, no contest. Though Jennifer Lawrence seems like she'd be great company for a night on the town. Comps to both if they're in town for the show.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would build a permanent home for The Deconstructive Theatre Project which contained an administrative office, workshop and rehearsal space, and a technology/software lab; as well as pick up all of the latest interactive media, sound, and lighting technology.