Macbeth (The Queens Players)
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Emily Lambert
June 29, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
It is The Scottish Play. I hope we can all say we know it by now.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Austin, Texas, raised in and around Austin, and attended university at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool, England, studying acting.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I enjoy doing theatre because, in ways unlike other conventional forms of story telling, there is more scope to break the walls of realism in order to tell the story. When I am not doing theatre, I am lucky enough to help actors stay involved in the theatre, by taking their headshots. I love my job. www.creativedesignandphotography.com
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Anyone can do theatre. Anyone can do Shakespeare. What makes one production different from the others, is the understanding and commitment to realize a story, especially one as iconic as Macbeth, in a way that truly does justice to the text. This creative team has that commitment, and I am truly happy to be a part of it.
Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
If I have to choose one person from this list, it would be Ang Lee, because he involves visual art and utilizes his creativity in all areas of his work.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
In short, yes. I do believe theatre can bring about societal change. What we cannot forget to do is to keep theatre humane; this starts at the source. We need to continue to develop great scripts and great stories that allow us the opportunity to fully invest, as an audience, into the time we spend in the theatre. Only when we tell a truthful and meaningful story can we expect to affect our audiences. Only when our audiences are affected, will they share what they've learned with their neighbors.