Visit nytheater now, NYTE's new site about indie theater in NYC, for in-depth coverage of new American plays.

Check out Indie Theater Now, NYTE's digital theater library, to discover and explore new American plays for study, production, audition material, and more.


By Rights We Should Be Giants q&a preview by Christopher Diercksen
September 24, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director and Dramaturg.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I love reading plays that aren't finished as they engage my creative problem solving brain areas. Being able to look the playwright in the eyes and have a conversation about their work is so exciting. It comes down to immediacy for me. Very rarely do I read a new script and think to myself "there is no audience for this story right now;" which is not so for existing works. That's not to say I'm against working on classical or pre-existing theater, just that I'm not drawn to reading it for pleasure.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I saw "Three Pianos" by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in 2010 and it blew my mind. I know that seems like a long time ago and I've certainly seen some wonderful theater since then but you asked about the last show i saw that "really" excited me and this is the most recent piece for which I had absolutely no qualms, complaints, or misgivings. Besides the usual raves the show received about staging and musicality and design (all of which were fantastic) I still find myself thinking about this show. It presented what is a beautiful piece of music and formed a relevant and compelling story that I still draw on 2 years later. It's an example of what theater can be if you get everything right.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
We're aiming for "wee hours of the night" on this project and I think we have the material to do it.

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?
Clybourne Park for content and Death of a Salesman for style points.

Who are your heroes?
Playwrights and actors in the Independent Theater Community. They are the bravest people I've ever met.