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Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (in the Lydian Mode)

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Wolf 359 (Michael Rau and Michael Yates Crowley)
August 19, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Co-creators and performers.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
One must never speak of birth in polite society, but Rau was raised on the fertile plains of the Midwest and Crowley comes from the North.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Some of the shows our company has done: RIGHTEOUS MONEY (3LD, Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59) EVANSTON: A RARE COMEDY (PS122, HERE) RAG FUR BLOOD BONE (Tribeca Performing Arts Center) THE TED HAGGARD MONOLOGUES (Collective: Unconscious) I CAN EAT THE SUN (Strawdog Theater, Chicago) and in high school we did a scandalous adaptation of Anne Carson's AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
1999, High School Chemistry. Crowley was wearing black for fashion. Rau was wearing black to protest police brutality. Our first collaboration was titration.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Let's just say if Snooki and Thomas Edison were on a date, they would probably go to our show.

Who are your heroes?
Joseph Papp because he saw theater as a democratizing force, and because he put Shakespeare on the back of a flatbed truck. John Guare. David Lynch because of Blue Velvet. Nina Simone. Alan Turing. The 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Team.