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The Human Variations

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ellen Orenstein
January 13, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Blueprint Theater Project and the Director of the production.

What is your show about?
The Human Variations, a theatrical symphony, examines those moments when human beings are right next to each other and still deeply alone.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I am most interested in theater that is both psychologically and physically expressive. In other words, how might physical shapes, gestures or behaviors help magnify and support whatever is happening in the psychology of the play or within each character. I love how/when naturalism intersects with expressionism.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
That's easy: because of the immediate connections between performer/performance and audience. Theater happens in real time and, so, it is always fully alive and three-dimensional - challenging, of course, but, also, magical and dangerous and surprising.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I hope that the audience will keep thinking about The Human Variations long after they leave us. I believe that we address some very key and universal ideas: loneliness and aloneness; our public versus our private selves; the great influence technology has had on our everyday interactions with each other. These are large ideas that will probably, hopefully, linger in our audience' minds beyond the play itself.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
ONCE.

Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
Absolutely, I agree. Because theater helps us reflect upon and examine our own humanity, our connectivity, our intellect, our reason.