I am pleased to announce that Variations Theatre Group's production of TALK RADIO has been nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Revival!!!
I believe that the act of telling a story is a sacred event. Though mediums and technology may change, sharing a space and bearing witness to one another is one of the last touchstones that connect us to our primeval selves. At the core of our beings we crave community. The theater sprang to life out of that very craving. In the beginning art was inexorably tied to religion. It reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite musicals, Once on this Island, “our lives become the stories that we weave.” The Greek theater was a temple, a marketplace as well as a stage. Over time its purposes have shifted and changed, but in one key way it is forever unchanging - we come into a place together and a story unfolds before us and through us.
I am finding that we do the work a disservice when we don’t carry it forward into the rest of our lives - bundle it up neatly at the bow and let the audience and ourselves go off easily into our evenings (or afternoons). We as a culture have forgotten ourselves, forgotten one another, and have allowed things to “be easy” for far too long. Theater has the amazing, awe-filling power to entertain; to question, or outright challenge; and no matter what the intent, through this shared experience to bring people together. With that in mind, I seek a way to bring the community back to the performing arts and the performing arts back to the community. Perhaps it is one of the many ways we can find the root of ourselves once again.
I consider the directing of a piece to be a very specific charge – that of the “custodian of the narrative”. I strive to deliver stories to the audience in the purest form possible, innovatively yet elegantly; whether that means with sweeping special effects or merely the tools of the human body. Every moment is precious, be it small or grand - and my aim is for everyone in a shared space to feel that truth to be viscerally so. In other words:
big stories, told simply