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Dante’s Inferno

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Michael Feld
May 19, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director, Sound Designer.

What is your show about?
This play is an exploration of the darker side of human nature and a vivid journey through the afterlife. It blends live sound design with video art, storytelling, movement and large-scale puppetry to create a completely immersive and unforgettable experience, placing the audience in the middle of the action.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
It's important to me that I work on theater that incites social change, whether that is personal and internal or a shift in group consciousness. This can mean difficult and challenging theatre, but also profoundly rewarding. It's also great to collaborate with artists of many different backgrounds and combine every art form into something entirely new.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater because it is immediate and about physical presence, of the audience and the performers together in a room creating a world together through living materials. This become has become more important and valuable than ever.

What is one specific thing that you hope audiences will realize you’ve contributed to the production?
Taking an essential (even sacred) text and applying it to the urgent issues we face today, whether that's the scourge of horrific violence we are seeing or our ability to understand and love one another as spiritual and physical human beings, while using technology and heightened performance techniques to bring this world to life.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Zeppo

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, as a transformative form it can have a lasting effect on the way we think and experience, and that in turn creates ripple effects through a community and through society itself.