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The Water Children

nytheatre.com q&a preview by John Philip Hamilton
September 4, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Producer.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I love to read plays. There is real enjoyment in the reveal of character and narrative through dialogue, as well as the discovery of the play's rhythms and subtext. And, of course, the fun of visualizing the design and execution of the play. A good play should result in multiple reads with lots of discovery.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
will remind audiences just how entertaining and thought-provoking independent theatre can be.

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
The overwhelming number of talented actors that read for this play was a real eye opener. NYC is filled with so many gifted actors and it really made our casting decisions very, very difficult. I am in awe.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Just like Groucho, this show is witty, funny, smart and entertaining.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I think it can. I don't think it does that often, because the priority for the majority of professional theatre is to make money. Texts like The Cradle Will Rock and the Mercury Theatre's staging of that show are kind of the exception to the rule. I believe there is a difference between Broadway audiences and those that comprise Off-Off Broadway audiences. Our show may be preaching to the choir, so to speak, but I believe that what is explored in The Water Children is still of great importance to everyone. The reminder of how one's rights can be effected by others - and how real this sway can be - will hopefully result in the rumination of why we vote and why we shouldn't take our freedoms for granted.