nytheatre.com q&a preview by Dev Bondarin
September 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theater that tells a good story, that excites and resonates, and that asks big questions in specific and personal ways.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I love working in theater for many reasons, but what sets it apart for me is the live, shared experience between the artists off stage and on and the audience.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Because it's Shakespeare and because it's King Lear! Also because I am working with a wonderful theater company and with a great group of actors, designers, and staff.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SMOOTH. While there are many rough moments in the story, the play's intricate and complete structure, attention to detail in storytelling, and deep and rich characters and relationships feels SMOOTH.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Acquire a beautiful theater space to give a home to collaborators I admire and respect. Employ amazing actors, writers, designers, and crew. Create education programs, give grants, and cultivate new work and talent. Any takers?