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The Water Children

nytheatre.com q&a preview by J Paul Nicholas
September 4, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I love to read plays, especially out loud with other readers. That might be my favorite part of the discovery process.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
First of all, let me say that Theater is by far the most collaborative art form. To create real magic, everyone has to do their job well. But if you ask me who is 'more' important, it is without question the Actor. The best Writer & the best Director cannot create a great show with bad Actors. While if the script is weak & the directing is weak, the show can still be interesting with great Actors.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to direct this show for many reasons. The first is because I think the subject matter is so poignant and so important in our society today. Another reason is because the style of the writing fits perfectly with my style of directing (strong momentum, tight scene transitions, intelligent dialogue)

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?
Clybourne Park.

Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
Theater is a necessary ingredient in ANY society. What better way to entertain, educate, and excite a population. ...all at once!!