Realism! New work! I personally think we as an industry need to stop investing so much of our resources - financial, physical - into reimagining the same old classics with the same old characters. We need to divert those resources to support the playwrights of today, writing stories about who we are. The canon is biased and unrepresentative of the fullness of humanity and we need to take steps in adding to it."
"Yeong & Gifted" Feature Interview
In June, I sat down and talked to Zach Ezer about my work, my process and the two shows I directed, Annie Aspen's Musical Spectacular and I LOVE WHITE MEN that went up at Ars Nova's ANT Fest this year! He turned that into a cool article you should check out right -> here!
"We’re introducing this country, this culture, that a lot of white people only heard of a year ago because of Crazy Rich Asians. It feels like a very tall order.”
Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab
For the month of August, I will be one of 70 directors in this year's Director's Lab run by Lincoln Center. The lab runs from August 5-24th.
The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world. Approximately 70 directors participate each year. It is a series of workshops, shared sessions, rehearsals, investigations, and discussions with master artists that provide the emerging directors with an intensive investigation of their craft while fostering collaborative relationships among a peer community of artists. Last year the Lab accepted 68 directors from 22 countries and 13 US states.
Shakespeare in Love @ Opera House Arts
I will be sound designing Tom Stoppard and Mac Norman's stage adaptation of the popular film, Shakespeare in Love, at Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME. Shakespeare in Love is directed by Julia Sears and will run at the Stonington Opera House from July 18-28.
"I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block: the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse–Viola. This fierce young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece."
Shakespeare in Love
Opera House Arts' 20th Anniversary Season
Stonington Opera House, ME
Six Years Old @ Corkscrew Theater Festival
I will be sound designing the world premiere of Sam Silbiger's new play Six Years Old at the Corkscrew Theater Festival this year directed by Helen Handelman and produced by Madeleine Goldsmith. It will run at Paradise Factory July 13 - 24.
"Adalaide is six years old, and she knows a few things: her stupid babysitter Kim is stupid, her younger brother Dewey is a naked mole rat, the film Godzilla expresses the paranoid id of the nuclear age, and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Though Kim takes Adalaide’s frustrations seriously and tries to offer support, Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero, Han Solo). Six Years Old, by Sam Silbiger, is a comic and poignant play reflecting back on the wild fantasies and serious desires of queer childhood."