The Importance of Being Earnest
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jeremey Catterton
April 7, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Producer, Director, Performer.
What is your show about?
Lamb Lays with Lion's The Importance of Being Earnest is rife with disruption, uncertainty, and giddy irreverence.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Lamb Lays with Lion, as a company, has been honing and evolving our method of theatre, we call the Theatre of Disruption. It is a manner of staging performances (either original performance, or established texts, i.e. our Importance of Being Earnest) that strives to bring the audience to the edge of their seat concerned/intrigued/piqued by the show before them. We believe it is an anti-smoker's theatre, that is not passive, but very much involved in the audience's and performer's culpability for the experience of the show.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
As a company, we just finished our American Trilogy as part of our (P)residency at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. There we performed parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy: "Ignorance" and "Entitlement." We performed the first part of the trilogy, "$" at The Tank NYC. At the Tank, we've also performed our "Seinfeld" in the Bad Theater Festival. We've also performed our original concerto "Palms Out" at the 14th St. Y Theater. And Finally, we're originally from Minneapolis have performed over a dozen original works from the Guthrie Theater to the Southern Theater. We've even filmed a short, "Kind Eyes See So Far," at the Walker Arts Center. And most importantly to us, we've toured our work "Tenebrism" to the Rude Mech's Off Center in Austin, TX.
Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Our performance will challenge conventional stagings of Earnest, by intentionally limiting its budget to perform the improbable task of staging a classic work that resonates with its modern audience by using various methods of Disruption. These disruptions, for the audience, are meant to question the performance's integrity and strengths, while being tantalized by the level of safety for the performers and whether or not the cast is able to get the show to "go on" at all. With the cards stacked so against us, I love the challenge and thrill of uncertainty.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I think our show is most SURPRISING. We hope to keep you on the edge of your seat for this not so tame play from 1895.
Who are your heroes?
Our heroes, in no particular order are pretty run of the mill: Forced Entertainment, Poor Dog Group, The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, TEAM, The Debate Society, Young Jean Lee, Radiohole, and others... we've seen and are in our blood.