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ANNA CAMP CHRISTOPHER EVAN
Humanna Festival The WELCH
Scene, God Hates the The Pain and the Itch,
DIRECTED BY REBECCA TAICHMAN
PERFORMANCES BEGIN DECEMBER 14, 2006
Clea’s ready to make it. Charlie’s trying to retake it. Lewis wants to
change it. And Stella is simply over it. It’s the New York entertainment
“scene” in all its boozing, schmoozing, and using glory. This black come-
dy about the ever-elusive “place to be” takes on the empty narcissism of
American pop-culture with bitterly funny results.
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TALKING WITH DIRECTOR REBECCA TAICHMAN BY SARAH BAGLEY
This fall, Second SB: How important do you think it is Scene, although it too is devastatingly
Stage Theatre that these characters are on the fringe funny.
welcomes Rebecca of the New York entertainment industry
Taichman as she instead of at its center? Theresa and I are developing a short -
directs Theresa hand together, and there’s a deeper
Rebeck’s(The RT: Charlie is a rebel. He had a brief sense of trust between us as can only
Water’s Edge, moment on a TV show awhile ago, but evolve over time and through long term
Spike Heels, The for a long time has not been in “the collaboration.
Family of Mann) scene”. While he spirals into self
new play, The destruction, he attacks the culture as
Scene. Taichman spoke recently with only an outsider can.
Literary Manager Sarah Bagley about
the play and production. SB: You and Theresa have been work-
Photo: Joan Marcus
ing on this production for awhile. Do you
Sarah Bagley: What drew you to this expect the play will be received differ-
play? ently by a New York audience?
Rebecca Taichman: Theresa uses
the world of showbiz and party culture - THE AUDIENCE LITERALLY A scene from Second Stage Theatre’s 2006 produc-
tion of The Water’s Edge by Theresa Rebeck, starring
“the scene” - to indict America’s collapse
into narcissism. Our central character, HOOTED AND HOLLERED, Tony Goldwyn and Kate Burton
Charlie, an out-of-work actor pitched on
the verge of total self destruction, has a HISSED AND YELLED SB: Several of the characters in the
spiritual thirst for something real in a
world that is increasingly surreal. When DURING THE SHOW. play seem to be obsessed with youth.
Would you go back to being a 22-year-
old newcomer to New York if you could?
Charlie meets Clea, a 22-year-old vixen RT: We were concerned in Louisville
whose stunning superficiality seem to [where the play had a production last
get her everything she wants, he falls spring in the Humana Festival] that the RT: I don’t think so. When I was 22, I
hard. A siren from America’s cultural audience wouldn’t be able to connect to was struggling to find a place to live in
wasteland, Clea tempts Charlie to the play because it was so outside their New York, and a way into the theatre
release into a void of meaninglessness. world, but just the opposite happened. business. There wasn’t much about it
The audience literally hooted and that was glamorous. I wasn’t as scrappy
hollered, hissed and yelled during the as the 22-year-old newcomer in our
show. I expect people will have as much play, or anywhere near as wily.
of a visceral response here, perhaps
with a more personal or intimate sense SB: What do you think audiences will
of ownership over the subject matter. take away from the play?
Photo: Eric Antoniou
SB: How have future collaborations RT: There will certainly be the release
between you and Theresa been since that comes from sidesplitting laughter.
this play? Times Square may feel a little more
surreal on the walk to the subway. Clea,
A scene from The Huntington Theatre’s production of our seductress, will suddenly seem to be
Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Rebecca RT: The Scene was our first project
Taichman staring Marin Ireland, Michael Aronov and together, although I have long been an everywhere and the narcissism that sur-
admirer of Theresa’s work. Since The rounds us will be more acutely felt. I
Scene, we have been collaborating on hope as well that the need for meaning
The Scene is a fiercely political play, but and connection, and for enlightenment,
another of Theresa’s new plays,
also a hilarious and sexy one. As a will be felt more consciously and with a
Mauritius, which we are in rehearsal for
director, I love how it smashes comedy ferocious sense of urgency.
at The Huntington Theatre in Boston.
and tragedy together. I love its sharp-
It’s a dark and hilarious look at the seedy
toothed attack, and how it is wildly
underworld of stamp collecting. It couldn’t
seductive and entertaining while wallop-
be a more different world from The
ing a huge punch.
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Scott Ellis, director think there’s a difference; I do not. You SE: You know the first time I read this
of The Little Dog have to approach it with the characters, play, I was on vacation in Greece, and I
Laughed, spoke what they want, and what the themes laughed when I read it. I just loved this
with Vijay Mathew, are about - that doesn’t really change. play and I promised myself that I would
Van Lier Directing wait until I got back to the States to read
Fellow at Second VM: With this move to Broadway, Tom it again. I thought that just because I was
Stage Theatre and Everett Scott and Ari Graynor are joining in Greece, in such a lovely place and so
Assistant Director the company. What will it be like to have relaxed, I found the play so wonderful.
on The Little Dog part of the cast new to the play? But when I got back to New York, I read
Laughed, about the upcoming Broadway it, and I liked it just as much as I did
transfer of last season’s hit show. SE: The challenge with two new people when I was away. Doug’s a writer that
is that you’ve got to allow the rehearsal just makes me laugh. I laughed when I
Vijay Matthew: Are there many differ- process for them and not just rely on read the play for the first time and I still
ences approaching the play now as how things were done before. Because do. His language is so unique. He’s a
compared to the original Second Stage of these rehearsals, there’ll be new dis- wonderful collaborator and a wonderful
Theatre production? coveries - they are new to the produc- writer to work with.
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subUrbia OPENING NIGHT
at SECOND STAGE THEATRE 6
The stars came out to celebrate our opening of Eric Bogosian’s
groundbreaking play: subUrbia. After enjoying the production,
the audience members partied the night away with the
playwright Eric Bogosian, director Jo Bonney and the talented
cast at Planet Hollywood.
Photos: At the subUrbia opening night party at Planet Hollywood (1) subUrbia director Jo Bonney and James McDaniel (2) a 2ST Uptown reunion, director David Schweizer, and cast
members Marcy Harriell and Manu Narayan (3) Jules Feiffer (Little Murders) with his daughter Halley Feiffer (4) Michael Esper with his mom, Suzanne (5) Champion Circle Members Janet
and Dan Scapin (6) Gaby Hoffman and Anna Paquin (7) Carolyn McCormick and Betsy Aidem (8) Anthony Mackie arriving at the theatre, last seen on stage in A Soldier’s Play (9)
Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton and Jo Bonney (10) Jessica Capshaw and Kieran Culkin pose before the press (11) playwright Eric Bogosian and Martha Plimpton, who was in the original
1994 production (12) Artistic Director Carole Rothman with her co-producers on Spelling Bee... David Stone and Patrick Catullo