Taming of the Shrew
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eric Doss
November 3, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like theatre that challenges conventions and invites the audience to partake on a journey and experience unique to that performance.
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
Recently, I enjoyed Rattlesticks’ "Massacre (Sing to your Children)" - Im a huge fan of Jose Rivera's writing and for me that show was a great example of how exciting Live theatre can be. The actors were committed, the script was engrossing/challenging, the direction was spot on and all the other elements complimented nicely. It's ironic, I heard the script was/is being considered for other mediums, because I found the experience to be something unique to Live theatre..
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I’m just a big fan Shakespeare, of Frog and Peach and what Lynnea (artistic director) has been doing with the company. I like the fresh approach and exploration in the shows and characters. I've done a lot of Shakespeare but the approach here is always refreshing, not dry and overly academic -both in rehearsal and performance we find the guts and fun in the shows. Additionally -The group of people she assembles (it really is becoming quite a company of artists) are such a joy to work with. It's sort of becoming a second home for me! Another perk? The cast is almost always 'international'! We always have a good number of cast members from other parts of the world and it’s so great to meet and work with people from different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. So between a love of classics, the company's mission and the people you’re working with, it's a sweet deal!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
hmm..I'd say it is a necessary part of Any society. It's storytelling, expression,exploration, tradition.. something derived of the human experience. It has always been a part of us somehow and always will be...;)