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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.

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