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Waiting... A Song Cycle

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gretchen Mahkorn
June 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Artistic Director/Actress .

What is your show about?
A new musical - Follows the story of 9 individuals and views how relationships are found, relationships are lost... what are they waiting for?

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Being Artistic Director of The World's Stage Theatre Company has allowed me to work on a variety of different works in many different ways. I like mixing it up - keeps audience's on their toes! "Waiting... A Song Cycle" has been such an amazing show to produce and work on! It is a completely new musical that we get to showcase. It has been so exciting to see this production come together from an acting, singing, instrumental and technical aspect. The cast, crew and 4 piece band (keyboard, cello, bass and drums) have come together to create this story about these people who's lives are intertwined through having to make the choice of moving forward or to keep waiting for what they want. That is the theatre I most like to work on! I like to work on stories that need to be told. At the end of the day, that is what theatre is about - telling a story.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
Our company - The World's Stage Theatre is actually based in Milwaukee, WI. We are very excited to be performing Off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre. New York City is definitely an eclectic and vast theatre community. In our hometown of Milwaukee - we also have a very vibrant and supportive theatre scene. It is definitely a theatrical/cultural hubbub in the Midwest that a lot of people may not realize. It's sort of a hidden jewel. One of our goals at The World's Stage Theatre is to build new artistic relationships in the community and beyond... Part of our unique mission is to collaborate and help bring the many theatre communities together.

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 it inspires conversation way into the wee hours of the night! Everyone can find a character in this show they can relate to. We have all had times in our lives when we have been faced with a relationship or situation in which we have to make a choice to wait or move forward - which can be liberating, heartbreaking, beautiful, touching and even comic at times. That is what makes this show real, relatable and human.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising! The story follows nine different individuals - you don't know how each storyline/situation will turn out. (I'm going to have to say sexy as well. I"ll admit we have a darn fine sexy looking cast and crew.)

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Definitely! Theatre is about conveying a message, touching the audience, and making people think AND feel.