nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brent Langdon
June 16, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Crusaders return home to England after the Crusades to find that the woman left behind have built a new society one very different from the one the men knew years earlier.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like doing plays that are interesting and unpredictable. I enjoy theatre most when it's not only entertaining but challenges me to see and hear the world in a way other than my own. I particularly like doing Howard Barker plays because his stories attempt to take the audience out of their comfort zone and challenges them to think and feel on a deeper level than they usually might.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I'm reminded of what the great Tracy Letts said recently at the Tony Awards when he received a Tony for Best Actor: "We are the ones who say it to their faces. And we have a unique responsibility." I enjoy film and TV very much, and they can be powerful art forms. I was lucky enough to grow up going to plays and was trained in the theatre. It's a live event. I love the written word and feel that as our culture surges further into the 21st century, our mission as theatre workers, as storytellers, becomes more important everyday.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I became involved with The Potomac Theatre Project/NYC because of Jan Maxwell. Jan and I did a show together many years ago at Playmakers Repertory in Chapel Hill, N.C.. We've been friends ever since and she was kind enough to recommend me to PTP for their production of Howard Barker's THE EUROPEANS in 2009.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Why are theater festivals so very important?
It is, often times, the birthplace of new works. Many future classic plays and musicals will have started in theater festivals. They are the laboratories where extraordinary and life-changing work can be crafted.