This is for a more serious site about playwrights and productions called Arts Independent
1) What is your creative process?
It takes time for me to create something, whether it be original work or just the concept. I have to be properly motivated. I know so many great directors and writers who can just start and subscribe to the “just start writing and it’ll come.” Sadly I’ve never been able to do that. A lot of my ideas come when I see the actors do their thing.
2.) Does this play have any special – or personal – purpose for you? Example: are there elements that are autobiographical?
Two Gentlemen of Verona was the first play that I got to produce in the New York International Fringe Festival, and it’s always had a special place in my heart. It was the first time I really discovered my love of Shakespeare. It’s not autobiographical though cause I’m a little past the “young-men-finds-themselves” phase.
3) What’s the parable or universal message we will come away-with?
Along with even Shakespeare can mess up a play…that love and friendship still mean something. Valentine and Proteus both grow up in the show, and find themselves through a lot. And I’d like to think a few original ideas thrown in will give a little nod to feminism and LGBTQIA members.
4) How does it feel to be a part of something like this?
It’s always a wonderful experience to be a part of Shakespeare, and this show has been no different. It’s been an honor to have a fresh take with Ariel at the helm and a new cast to bring out some freshness.
5) When I say “being your own boss” what goes through your head immediately without thinking?
Success. Being able to call your own shots, pick your own projects. Control your own destiny. Things like that.
6) Final Thoughts?
Come see Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! It’s safe for young audiences, and has a little something for everyone, from the novice who has never seen Shakespeare to the experienced scholar!
Rachel Rocano reviews “See You at the Funeral!” & “Village Orpheus” at the Fresh Fruit Festival
“See You at the Funeral!” a musical comedy, about three women – Dina the charming gay compulsive liar; Medusa, the washed up Diva determined to make her comeback; and Gittel the Holocaust survivor and oldest living dominatrix. In the show Gittel takes the audience on an unforgettable ride of choosing to go upstairs or downstairs because you only die once.
All played by Tova Katz.
Amusing, hypnotic in an odd way, and engrossing, Katz, had an amazing voice and played three distinct characters. Every time Katz came out, there was a fully-formed (and different) person.
This enjoyable event is worth a second look, simply for Katz’ wonderful voice rolling all though the theater. One persons-shows can seem sparse but here, we met a chorus.
“Village Orpheus” was about sexual celebration in Greenwich Village. Frank O’Hara is the poet whose work lit up the neighborhood throughout the 50s and 60s. I really liked the poems and how all the characters talked in sync at some points. The actors were very entertaining and for every scene they choose a song that perfectly matched the it. The show was well organized and would recommend to those who enjoy poems.