ASK THE EXPERT
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.