VINCENTELLI In this particular case, noticing the commercialism theme was an outcome of both the changed format and the changed political environment. In general, I have to admit that for me a play lives only onstage and the text is just part of it, and in some cases its not even the most essential part. I know youre interested in fandom, and I was wondering how you think about the audiences role in theater and in pop culture (of which fumbling is a part). To your very first point, while I do think the phase is an essential part of theater, I consider it a literary art form, and our current circumstance has actually just reinforced that for me.
VINCENTELLI In this particular case, discovering the commercialism theme was a result of both the changed format and the changed political environment. But in general, I have to admit that for me a play lives just onstage and the text is just part of it, and in many cases its not even the most fundamental part. I understand this is not a bulk viewpoint (insert shrug emoji).
I understand youre interested in fandom, and I was wondering how you think about the audiences function in theater and in pop culture (of which wrestling is a part). In the initial production, for example, a wrestler called Old Glory (Christian Litke, back in the Play-PerView reading) got a roomful of New York theatergoers to chant “U.S.A.!
PHILLIPS Interesting! To your very first point, while I do believe the phase is a fundamental part of theater, I consider it a literary art type, and our present situation has actually just strengthened that for me. Were having to reconceptualize our idea of what a phase is, and why it is or isnt required to a work.
VINCENTELLI Yeah, now is a hard time for those of us who consider theater as mainly a live performance art form.
PHILLIPS But to get to your 2nd point, yes, Im captivated by fandom, and there were a few points during the production where I did miss that aspect. It was clear from Diazs composing that he is implicating the audience and examining how we will respond– and asking us to consider that, too. We are the other side of the formula: The developer makes the art and launches it into the world, but then instantly its ours, and we bring our own context to it, individually and as a neighborhood, and we alter it, and that can be for the excellent or for the bad.
VINCENTELLI Mace is a fan who ended up working in the industry he adored. He understands there is a degree of pushing through what you fully know is phony to get to the satisfying bits. Where Diaz is truly wise is that he states, OK, you understand the wrestler called the Fundamentalist isnt a real fundamentalist Muslim, however you select to think in the charade due to the fact that its an excellent story– you as a viewer relish stories based on racial stereotypes and then you go out and pretend otherwise.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityStreaming on Play-PerView through Aug. 20.