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Q: Tell us about D.C.’s the­ater scene. How does it com­pare to other cities?

A: It’s one of the most vi­brant and di­verse in the coun­try, which makes it one of the most vi­brant and di­verse in the world. It’s not as large as say, New York City’s, but it has just as much dy­namism and va­ri­ety.

Q: What’s been the big­gest chal­lenge in cre­at­ing your award-win­ning “word­less” pro­duc­tions?

A: Our word­less shows, or “The Art of Si­lence” as I call them, are al­ways chal­leng­ing. Our re­hearsals use the orig­i­nal story as a guide and tend to be much more fluid, with a lot of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, which can cause things to change along the way. Try­ing to cor­ral many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments into a co­he­sive nar­ra­tive tests ev­ery­one’s abil­i­ties, cre­at­ing a de­mand­ing, yet re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Q: What can we ex­pect in “The Hunch­back of Notre Dame” (open­ing May 10)?

A: It’s go­ing to be driven by pow­er­ful and provoca­tive im­ages and by the pure psy­chol­ogy of the char­ac­ters. We’re try­ing to strip away a lot of the pre­con­ceived no­tions about this story and lay bare its “live nerve.”

Q: Is there another D.C. show you’re es­pe­cially ex­cited about this month?

A: “Ulysses on Bot­tles” at Mo­saic. We’ve worked with Artis­tic Direc­tor Ari Roth and Direc­tor Serge Sei­den, so I know they al­ways do great work.

Q: Can you rec­om­mend some­thing a first-time vis­i­tor to D.C. should do?

A: Take a guided walk­ing tour around the mon­u­ments. You can eas­ily find a good one for free or for very lit­tle money.

Q: If you could wake up any­where to­mor­row, where would it be?

A: A beach in Can­cun.

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