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In the meantime, I’m taking some time off with my family, working on home projects, and enjoying a bit of a break.
Right now, I’m wrapping up previews of The Tempest at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival. In September, I’ll be designing Romeo and Juliet at The Guthrie in Minneapolis.Eli and I first started working on the beginning ideas of this piece over five years ago in a piece called Clownzilla: Illegal Aliens that we did in Orange County, CA.That piece was also about clowns entering a new land, and even then, we wanted to focus on the social issues (immigration, xenophobia, cultural identity, assimilation) that immigrants face.Through it all, the littlest clown, Baby Clown, misses their Mother Clown, who didn’t make the trip (presumably lost in space? The music is a balance of folk and funk, and was primarily performed by Ada Milea, one of Romania’s national musical treasures.Milea is a gifted singer and guitarist, and she performed in the character of a homeless bum who has wandered into the theatre.