Theatre Process: Mike Daisey and Trevor Allen
Monday, October 6, 2014
Monologist Mike Daisey. Photo: Ursa Waz, courtesy of California Shakespeare Theater
Welcome to Theatre Process, a new podcast featuring Bay Area theatre artists interviewing special guest theatre artists about the work they make.
Our maiden voyage is a thrilling one: monologist Mike Daisey, interviewed by fellow solo performer Trevor Allen, who is also a playwright and actor. Those interested in Daisey's current Great Tragedies project at California Shakespeare Theater will definitely enjoy his discussion of that project—but this hour-long conversation covers much more terrain, including Daisey's resistance to the idea of fixed or "canonical" versions of his work; his ambitious All the Faces of the Moon project, performed over 29 consecutive nights at Joe's Pub in New York; the ways in which being a Dungeon Master in high school laid the foundations for his work as a storyteller; the value of hustle over talent (and why you should never ask to "pick his brain"); the religion of Shakespeare, for both good and ill; and his deeply valued 18-year-long collaboration with director, editor and dramaturg Jean-Michele Gregory, whom Daisey describes as "The last director I'm going to have in this life."
Trevor Allen, Theatre Process Podcast producer and host, is an award-winning playwright (The Creature, Lolita Roadtrip, Tenders in the Fog, Chain Reactions, 49 Miles) solo performer (Working for the Mouse), voice over artist (representation) and author. Exit Press is currently publishing a collection of five of his plays.
Theatre Process theme music was donated and used by kind permission of Curious Quail.