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The Ballad of Charlie and Cate

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ed Malone.
June 16, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Director. .

What is your show about?
The Ballad of Charlie and Cate is a darkly comic play that traces the rise and fall and rise again of two working class sisters from Dublin.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I saw an incredible Irish play called 'The Ballad of Badger Bickle's youngfella'. It transcended all the usual naturalistic nonsense that I was seeing. It beautifully incorporated Irish storytelling with Commedia Del Arte and classic silent cinema clowning. It was real theater. I do hope the play is revived one day!

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Because theater is live! It's an opportunity to create an event. An opportunity to create a buzz - cause a stir - just like Alfred Jarry did when he unleashed Ubu Roi to the world back in 1896. Just like Bertolt Brecht did when he first produced his work. But to create that event you need a great ensemble. I have that with The Ballad of Charlie and Cate. My cast - Laoisa Sexton and Jo Kinsella are amazing. My publicist - Judy Jacksina is amazing. My agent - James Von Scholz is amazing - Ed Malone the writer, director is...amazing.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
The audience will talk about my show for weeks and months after seeing it. It will stay in their memories.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
All four!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, absolutely. If only one person is deeply affected by a theatrical event and therefore decides to question how they view the world, then yes theater has shown its power to shift consciousness.