nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sara Lyons
October 12, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I most like to work on theater that is socially relevant and brings to light the voices of those who have been oppressed, silenced, or ignored by society. Sometimes this is called "political theater," but I think it's deeper than just engaging political themes. It's theater that can be about anything, and in any style, but is always grounded in a commitment to justice, to questioning norms, and to challenging its audience to make the world a better place.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that invites the audience to read the performance text aloud alongside the actors, to make it their own, and to question it at the table with the artists who created it. We're also the only show that includes a full catered meal for every audience member.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about building and re-building history. It shines a light on how we have constructed our history, rituals, and traditions as an American community, and engages the audience in creating a new American ritual to rebuild America towards equality. (Whatever they decide "equality" means.) Audiences will take away the warmth, nourishment, and inspiration of a new, unique community experience.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. It's a new kind of theatrical experience, of performance event, and will be completely different with each audience.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, theater can bring about societal change. Theater is gym for exploring and deconstructing societal norms, and for creating forward visions for individuals and society. Theater gives us the space to discover that something else, maybe something greater, is possible. And it teaches us that as citizens, we intrinsically have the tools to build a better world. Americana Passover puts this inspiration and responsibility directly in the audience's hands.