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Enigma: The Show

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Dr. Kevin Dann
July 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Producer/Actor.

What is your show about?
ENIGMA is an interactive outdoor mystery adventure through the streets of Brooklyn Heights.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Manhattan, but never lived in NYC until two years ago, when I moved to Brooklyn after 30 years in Vermont. I studied biology @ UCSC; geography @ UVM; and my PhD is from Rutgers. This is my first venture into theater!

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
turns the brownstone-beautied architectural treasures of Brooklyn Heights into fairy tale characters; celebrates clairvoyants and Frisbees; introduces you to Emily Roebling; turns everyone into playful practitioners of MAGIC!

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
After coming to NYC, not being able to find work teaching history, I worked for two years as a licensed tour guide. I found that I was constantly jumping up on to benches and sculptures, bellowing about how Americans needed to become more active citizens, and decided that an interactive street theatrical might be a fun way to encourage just this. I also wanted to create a series of nested boxes – the play; a novel; and a parade across the Brooklyn Bridge on August 19th – that would echo & extend each other. Step inside any one of these, and find yourself drawn into the others. . .

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Robin Goodfellow (aka "Puck") does not just like the show; he is in it every step of the way! Mercurial, Trickster-ish capers are at the heart of this outdoor theatrical adventure, all – as with Puck – in service to Eros, the Goddess of the Gift. Puck knows better than anyone the motto at ENIGMA's core: "The Gift must always move!"

Who are your heroes?
Rudolf Steiner, for his selfless deeds in service to the Holy Grail; Henry David Thoreau for his dedication to loving attentiveness to his surround; Robert Powell, for bringing to the world the New Star Wisdom, Choreocosmos, and the invitation to honor Sophia once again.