It’s always fascinating to be a small piece of an enormous work, such as This is Reading. For months, you hear bits and bobs about the grand scheme but focus only on your tiny piece. This past weekend, we saw it all come together at Franklin Street Station.
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"I can only speak to European countries I’ve been in where they don’t make the same demands on the storytelling of their theater, of their plays that we do in the U.S., and I’ve found this to be the case with a lot of my work that is more traditional. People feel safer in it.” — Sheila Callaghan
London's National Theatre and the National Film Board of Canada helped facilitate Jordan Tannahill's virtual reality story "Draw Me Close," which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival's Storyscapes.
"I think we've lost the ability to just be human with each other...and we've lost a way of even talking about what's going on in our country that needs fixing as a collective body. And so that's part of the reason why I think this kind of work is still important." — Leigh Fondakowski
"So there is something quite interesting in this that humanity—or being human and being predictable is something quite close to each other." Jörg Karrenbauer, Rimini Protokoll
"We have so much good T.V. out there that if you’re not telling something that is uniquely theatrical, there’s no real reason to work in the theater. We can watch eight episodes of your favorite Netflix show, so I think if theater is going to survive, it’s going to have to be more of what it is." - Betty Shamieh
"That is my mission as an artist—is to create this accessible, inclusive theater for all. " -- Sara Morgulis
Extended Play's James Carter speaks with outgoing PS122 artistic director Vallejo Gantner, "CVRTAIN" creator Yehuda Duenyas, and "Workshop" artist Kate McIntosh about COIL 2017.
"I've never wanted Elastic City to institutionalize in a way where we're beholden to anyone — I see it like a small record label or an indie press— it's always been a project with a focus to produce rigorous work and get it out there directly to the public." - Todd Shalom, Elastic City artistic director
A wonderful video chat in Google Hangouts with Jessica Thom about Tourette’s syndrome, with which she lives, her character Tourettes Hero, and the play she created with Jess Mabel Jones.
"I’ve always said if I could have any job in the world, it would be atheist Catholic priest. Give me a gorgeous cathedral to work in. Once a week I will write a blazingly good sermon and deliver it, and I will minster to people in their times of need." - Gwydion Suilebhan
“I think VR and theater are going to be best friends.” - Jarrad Bladich of The Mill
"Just don't forget there's no essential you, know what I mean? There's no ground. And that's scary, but I think it's also fantastic. Because that means you can be anything. We don't have to be stuck in the roles that we're led to believe we need to be stuck in. We don't have to be. I think it's a message of hope that we're empty." - Dickie Beau
“All of the work really is kind of a mirror,” says Morris. “If you do it right, there is enough space for the audience to find themselves in it, and to be able to read whatever they need or want to read into the work. And so it can truly speak to them in a really personal way.”
"The thing I ask the artist is: What’s urgent to you? And then also: What can you do with groups that you might not be able to do by yourself? There is a politic there. Some people address it head on in a very overt way, and others are more nuanced."
"The breaking of gentrification, the breaking of cultural ties — it’s a lot of what is happening in Harlem for us right now. That’s what so many people talked about — just losing the thread of the community, of a kind of cultural identity."
“The whole thing about a tech is that the designers are all trapped at tables... So, in a way, the degree to which an audience member is trapped in a seat is very much the way the designers are trapped at their stations."