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 Posted: Wed Jun 11th, 2014 08:49 pm
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katoagogo
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My colleague and international theater impresario Kim Terrell just posted this interview with me on her site:

http://wp.me/p4kpnr-bJ

It's a fun article, with lots of pictures. In case anyone would like to take a look.
It's part of an ongoing series she is publishing called Voices and Visionaries.

--kato

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 Posted: Thu Jun 12th, 2014 03:42 am
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Kato:

Thank you for posting this interview.  I find it very inspiring and I will certainly return to it to tap into some of your terrific ideas.  You caught my interest immediately with the mention of Romulus Linney.  I was blessed to have Linney as one of my writing instructors when I was a student at U. of Penn.   He was a great man.

I am not familiar with Sara Ruhl's work - I will be sure to check her out.

I particularly like the way you mix "concept" with "narrative" in your play ideas.  Apparently, you think in dramatic terms - an excellent habit when working in theater (no duh, huh?).

I also like your suggestion to have a character do "the most inappropriate thing" as a way to approach comedy.  I will take that suggestion as well. 

I believe strongly in that immediate relationship between the actor and the audience.  This is the aspect of theater that appeals to me the most.  When I worked in film, I was awed by writer-directors who pursued a similar objective (John Cassavetes, Werner Herzog, Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine) but I feel it exists in its most immediate form on the stage. Like a live musical performance by a great improvisational musician, whatever happens in that moment forges an intimacy that can't be dissolved or replicated.  

I look forward to delving into your work.   Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

- Jim C
  
    


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Mana: 
Really interesting article Kato! So much insight there. I like it. In the current issue of the Dramatist, Will Eno is particularly featured as a playwright. I'll have to check him out.

Thanks for sharing!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 13th, 2014 09:47 pm
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Mana: 
Thanks for reading the interview. She asked some great questions. It's a good blog to follow. She has a many arts connections throughout the world, and tries to present an eclectic mix.

Jim C - I was fortunate to be at The O'Neill Theater Center a couple of the times that Romulus Linney was in-house. I got to have dinner with a couple of times, plus here him speak to the summer conference. I learned a few things listening to him.

Send me a PM with an email address if you'd like me to send you a play to check out.

--kato

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Mana: 
Lovely interview, Kato.

Finally got around to reading it.

One thing that makes an interview good is the interviewer as is as interesting as the person being interviewed. Ms. Terrell asked some very good questions and let you run with them.

Enough points are made to please anyone looking for a creative spark.

I took notes and saved them in a file.

I highly recommend the interview.

IMR

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 Posted: Mon Jun 16th, 2014 07:04 pm
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Thanks IMR.

Yeah, we had a great talk via phone. Got into it so much that Kim forgot to take enough notes. Then we ran a few rounds of email questions and answers. It was a very good experience. If you ever run into Kim Terrell, be sure to sit down and talk arts over some beverages and food. It will get your mind buzzing.

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