It started when I was working at 7 Stages. He approached me about being the dramaturg on “Iphigenia.” We had a great working relationship. From there he and I began working on the intern showcases at Actor’s Express. He would write and I would direct. As he continued to work and I became an associate artist at Express, he asked that I work on his work. The rest is history.
How many shows have you two done together?
We did five as part of the intern program and then there was “Large Animal Games,” “Wolves,” “Pluto” and now “Thrush.” So nine.
Why do you work so well together?
We have similar ideas about what theater
‘The Thrush & the Woodpecker’
and the experience should be. It should move people in a variety of ways. We get each other. We have a shorthand; we speak the same language, have the same aesthetic and a mutual respect. We want work that makes people question the world they are living in.
What can LGBT audiences get from this?
I think that there are messages about family and identity, questioning how you live your life. I think those themes can translate well. There are also moments in the show, including a fight, that I call the “Dynasty”/ Krystle Carrington kind of moments. Those are not campy; they harken back to the idea of taking things to another level. It’s horrifying yet fun to watch.