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Talking Heads

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Paula D'Alessandris
June 20, 2013

What is your job on this show?
director.

What is your show about?
Alan Bennett's award-winning modern classic look at the behind closed doors lives of the middle class.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I'm reading plays, going to plays, raising money for plays...I'd better get a social life...

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
There's nothing like live theatre and there's really nothing quite as wonderful as being in a rehearsal room. For me theatre wins hands down because of the collaborative process of mounting a show. I'm not interested in worrying about actors hitting their marks, spending more time setting up shots than creating moments or being concerned about all the technical stuff that goes into TV and film. I want to work with actors.

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?
There are so many moments that I look forward to. With 7 brilliant individual plays and such amazing actors each one is a roller coaster of emotions and discoveries. While each story is told over a period of time each piece is always told in the present.It's really wonderful to witness each of these actors, alone on stage for such a significant time, discover their story unfolding as we do. I'm in awe of these actors.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
As an Anglophile and someone who runs a British theatre company OBVIOUSLY the Dowager Countess herself, Maggie Smith. Because you can never have too many Dames supporting your work.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Well (shameless plug) I'd donate it to Mind The Gap Theatre as it is a 501(c)3 non profit, first of all. Then I'd pay myself a modest salary so I could forgo day jobs. I'd then mount the backlog of plays that I'm dying to do and hire a publicist.