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Chalom: A Dream Opera

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jesse Freedman
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
No. If I mention in passing that I'm not interested in musicals, I will immediately discover a musical that makes me want to investigate the form. Thats what happened with opera. Then Chalom came along.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
is an opera in Aramaic

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I think plays choose you. I got interested in opera and Chalom surfaced. Chalom has this compelling but frightening subconscious of its own that I want to explore with my collaborators. I love them and would work with them on anything. When we work, we get out of control. Its unexplainable how a 5 minute piece will become a 45 minute piece. When you have collaborators like that and frightening pool of mystery to explore, like Chalom, you just dive in.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Now that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Essential. Our company, Meta-Phys Ed. works with sacred Jewish Text and theology, but we have never worked with an all Jewish cast. One of our cast members receives prophecy in a dream. How could we not work with him because he is a pagan?