|Rebecca Gibel, Corey Brill, and Dori Legg in Noises Off,
directed by Meredith McDonough. Photo by Bill Brymer.
Meredith McDonough: I think it’s the funniest play ever written and a real love letter to the theatre. It seemed ideal to open the 50th Season!
MM: Act two of the play takes place backstage during a performance, so it has to be silent. Which means all of our storytelling has to be physical, which, I have to say, is the craziest thing I have ever taken on. I’m so thankful that I have the greatest cast who are full of ideas.
MM: I think it’s super accessible and really intricately crafted. Even if you have never done a play, you can relate to what it would be like to be on the road trapped with the same group of people that you see every day. All the gossip, all the secrets – it’s all here!
MM: We have started having Sunday Night Dinners as a whole company, and I have loved this new ritual. There’s nothing like breaking bread together to really let the stress of the week go.
MM: I will be doing something in the Humana Festival – look forward to the announcement soon!
MM: I spend a lot of time in other artists’ rehearsals and have learned how my “big picture” eye can help give clarity to their processes. I know as a director I frequently can’t see the forest through the trees, so being the outside eye for other artists has been really great.
MM: Work your ass off. Be more diligent than anyone else you know.
MM: Les Waters. He and I can make each other laugh just about anywhere.
MM: I did Angels in America in graduate school and would love another go at it. I think it’s the best thing that’s ever been written.
Photo – Actors Theatre of Louisville.
BW: Number 11. I know a lot of your background is in directing new plays and world premieres. If you had to boil it down to a few sentences, what excites you about a new play and what do you love to see?
MM: I love plays that have to be in a THEATRE – that have some necessary theatricality that is so exciting to witness and share live.
MM: I think Pirates of Penzance is going to be one of the best parties in town.
MM: I am most definitely NOT a seat tweeter. I think we come to theatre to get away from the small computers we have in our pockets and just let ourselves be taken somewhere ELSE!
MM: Ben Folds and I would do a musical about the work of Keith Haring. If anyone steals this idea from me, I will hunt you down!
MM: I got my start here as a directing intern 15 years ago, and coming back to give those experiences to others is the best. Also, working for one of your best friends is the greatest gift any artist could ever have. There’s such collaboration and trust.
MM: Ryan Gosling and Cate Blanchet. Hot.
MM: I just went to see Punchdrunk Theatre’s new piece in London, having seen their Sleep No More in NYC four times. I think the work that they are doing in immersive theatre is beyond inspiring. It’s like living in a choose-your-own-adventure book. I’d like to live in those worlds.