nytheatre.com q&a preview by Chris Brandt
March 31, 2013
What is your job on this show?
set-builder, actor, production assistant, etc..
What is your show about?
In this series of staged readings of new work by living playwrights, each play or set of plays gets two staged performances in which the actors move and do whatever they can while holding a script; all the plays are ground-breaking in some way.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theatre that breaks conventions, goes past any sort of artificial boundaries, challenges both actors and audience to step out of what they think they know and be open to surprise. Oh yes, and I like it best when it's funny (even when it's serious.)
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
It's live, it's different every night, it grows. Even "live" TV isn't really live by the time it hits the screen, and once the show is done, it never does change. Do something not in the arts? Well, if I need to earn money, yeah, but otherwise give me a life in the arts any time.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Of course I hope the audience is haunted by the shows (in a good way) for ever and ever. I hope that every show we do changes at least one life.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo every time! He says so much and never utters a word.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Extremely. In fact, Medicine Show was casting minority actors in "non-minority parts" before "diversity" became p.c. Back about 30 years ago we cast a very dark-skinned black man as the romantic lead in a comedy; the female lead was white, and we learned that after the initial surprise, the audience simply forgot about the color difference. (Besides, they were both very beautiful - and ended up getting married as well.)