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Prophet in Pink

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brian Sanford Lady
August 8, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

Who are your heroes?
Kim Deal, for being inventive, clever, persistent, and resilient. Sleater-Kinney, for capitalizing on their strengths and changing the form and structure rather than themselves. Broken Social Scene, for creating a truly supportive collaborative of individual artists. And Joss Whedon, for asking the big questions.

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
I hope this doesn’t sound cynical, but the Fringe is important to the New York theatre scene (in any season) because it affords (literally) the opportunity for shows to realize full productions in a city where the financial burden of such endeavors can be daunting, paralyzing, and lethal.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Self-actualization and global domination. It’s like the Olympics that way. Only it takes place in Brooklyn and not London. And while there is metal, there are no medals. Also: no sports. Audiences will take away their programs, I would imagine. I mean, one would hope. Likely, they’ll also walk away with a catchy ditty or two stuck in their heads.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
All: Those who liked THE BOOK OF MORMON will enjoy frank talk about people’s naughty bits. People smitten with ONCE will sway in time to earnest songs of love sung mellifluously and strummed on acoustic guitar. Fans of DEATH OF A SALESMAN will encounter a story about promise and fulfillment and the deep gulf that divides the two. Much like CLYBOURNE PARK, this play rings with echoes of cultures clashing, times changing, and people generally sucking. Plus we also have graffiti.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I have the great privilege to know some incredible people with talent, heart, and drive. I’d fund, for a full year, the lives of each of these people, affording them the chance to give it everything they’ve got, try as hard as they can, exhaust every resource, and go big, either establishing themselves firmly for long and storied careers or failing massively and beautifully. Either outcome would be worth every cent.