Comment 121795

By rweihs (registered) - website | Posted August 01, 2017 at 15:32:43

Thank you for this very thoughtful review. You have caught the issues very well, and shown great understanding of our intentions in creating this production. I'm glad that it succeeded for you. Much of the credit is due to the performers, Howard Jerome and Learie Mc Nicolls. As always in the shows that I direct, the work is shaped by what the players can offer, and Howard and Learie brought a huge amount to the work. In a previous staged reading, the poems were read by spoken-word artist Tamara Buckland, who did an excellent job. However, this approach meant that the poems were detached from the artist who created them.

This time, we decided that the conflict should be one-to-one, the Interrogator and Langston Hughes. This choice put a huge responsibility on Learie, who had to establish two realities - the poet answering questions, and the internal creative spirit embodied in the poems. Learie's dance abilities were the breakthrough that allowed these two realities to be differentiated, and soon we discovered that Howard's character could also break free and participate in this second level of reality. Needless to say, it was a great pleasure and opportunity to work with these two artists.

We would like to take this show on the road. We'll see if we can make this happen. Your incisive review will certainly help.

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