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The Pilo Family Circus

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Joe Tantalo
January 16, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Darkly funny and gleefully macabre, Will Elliotts The Pilo Family Circus, adapted by Matt Pelfrey, follows Jamies furious descent into the nightmare world of a centuries-old carnival where amid the acrobats, clowns, dwarves, freaks and fortune tellers, you may lose more than just your way.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like theatre that is magical. That is to say, theatre that engages the audience's imagination in new and unexpected ways.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER was really a unique experience. It's adventure was spare and innovative while all at the same time it displayed a giant heart. Truly, a captivating show.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Most of the actors I've collaborated within Godlight from anywhere from 5 to 11 years. Some I met through open auditions, but most were recommendations to me from people I trusted. I was introduced to playwright Matt Pelfrey through Jason Aaron Goldberg at Original Works Publishing (based in Los Angeles) somewhere around 2007.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING.

Who are your heroes?
Peter Brook stands out as one of my heroes. His book THE EMPTY SPACE, and the methods described within, were pretty life changing for me in the way I look at theatre as a possibility and not as a fixed idea.