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Bootstraps

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Artem Yatsunov
May 8, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
A Neo-Noir-Mystery-Crime-Caper-Workplace-Comedy about ambition, trust and antique ice-machines.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Funny theatre probably most commonly, but in everything we perform or write we try to find a sense of “timelessness.” Really strong ideas don’t go away, ever. So, I guess we hope to and strive to create the types of stories that you would find just as funny or just as challenging, as striking, as interesting and as original today as you would had we been performing them 30 years ago or if we’re still spinning these tales 30 years from now.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
You’re in a room with group alive individuals – the actors, the audience, the technicians in the booth, even the bartender – all of whom in one way or another are there to contribute and to be a part of an experience during which “anything can happen.” How much closer do you get to a sense of communion then that? Going to see a show should be the same as going to church, or going to a funeral or a wedding. It’s a celebration of humanity. Nothing against film, I love the movies!, but when is the last time a movie stayed in theaters for longer than 8 months? Some shows have played on Broadway for decades; I think that says something about the power of live performance.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
This play has been with us for a while but this it’s first time out in the city – it is an NY Premiere. Over the years what this play means has taken on almost a sense of lore and myth to us. We wanted to find out what is new about Bootstraps this time around, because it is a play that just keeps on growing and producing more and more surprises.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
J-Law. She’s fantastic. Who are those other three?

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would spend the 10 mil immediately paying every actor, tech, stage hand, every inadvertent props master and assistant we’ve ever had what I actually think they deserve. It’s the love of the people around us that without exaggeration is keeping us going. Well, that and booze. You know what? Maybe, instead I’d just buy a bad-ass bar-theater and give all our theatre colleagues free drinks for life and a place to work.