Son of a Gun
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gabriel Barre
October 17, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I really enjoy working on new material most, though whether directing Shakespeare or someone's first play or musical, I try to approach every rehearsal process with the cast and creative team with the notion that we are telling this story for the first time and that we need to meet the audience halfway and transport them into the world (and language) of our story. I am most stirred by theatre which explores the human experience in profound ways and in which we can build moments onstage which can transcend the normal, can surprise, enlighten and entertain....
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Gabriel Barre (Director) has off-Broadway credits including the original productions of Andrew Lippa’s, The Wild Party (nominated for 13 Outer Critics Circle Awards including one for Best Director), Summer of ’42, Stars in Your Eyes, Honky-Tonk Highway, john & jen and Almost, Maine. He directed the national tours of Pippin and Cinderella and his regional credits include Flower Drum Song and Little Shop of Horrors at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Private Lives at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Tom Jones and the world premiere production of Memphis at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston; Amazing Grace, Sweeney Todd, Finian’s Rainbow and many other new musicals at Goodspeed Musicals; Stand By Your Man at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; and Hay Fever and Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. His international credits include, the world premiere of the Frank Wildhorn musical, Carmen, in the Czech Republic, as well as the world premiere of Tears of Heaven in Seoul, Korea. As an actor he has been nominated for a Tony Award and has appeared often in film and on TV.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Son of a Gun is a contemporary new musical about a dysfunctional family band. It is performed by 9 astonishingly talented actor/musicians and deals primarily with a contemptuous father/son relationship. Some of the themes of the the piece which we hope will resonate with audiences are the notions of unconditional forgiveness, overcoming tragedy, and that pain is (perhaps) a necessary part of love and life lived fully.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I agree and think that beyond it being necessary as a way to make people think, a way to stir conversation and debate, and, of course, a way to entertain and enlighten an audience....I think that the culture of any society is best and most interestingly passed down through it's arts....and especially in non democratic counties can be a true voice of the people and their concerns..