nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gilles Chiasson
July 12, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like to work on theatre that addresses in some way one issue or another that is of concern in the community in which the work will be seen and experienced. If you're going to invest your money and your time producing a play, I would hope you would do so in service of a specific point of view. Or in the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald: "You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."
If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
Even though I no longer live in New York, I still consider myself a New Yorker after having lived there in the same apartment on the Upper West Side for 15 years. I'm looking forward to riding the subway.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to direct I'M SORRY because I believe Katya Lidsky, the writer of and sole performer in the piece, is one of the most talented, challenging, funny, smart artists I've come across in a very long time. I think anyone who has the opportunity to hear her words and see her work and experience the passion she has for her play is indeed very lucky.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, it can...but only one person at a time. When you talk "societal change", think less explosion and more ripples in a pond.