Theatre Process: L. Peter Callender and Dominique Serrand
Friday, March 20, 2015
|L. Peter Callender and Dominique Serrand. Photo: Trevor Allen
This episode of Theatre Process brings two phenomenal artistic leaders into conversation for the first time: L. Peter Callender, artistic director of San Francisco's African-American Shakespeare Company, and Dominique Serrand, coartistic director of The Moving Company, based in Minneapolis, and former artistic director of Tony Award-Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
Callender and Serrand are both passionate about reinvigorating canon plays for today's audiences. The two discuss, among other things, why American theatre is so tied to psychology, the genuine joys of directing actors with no Shakespeare training in Shakespeare's plays, the issue of diversity in casting for classic works, and the pleasure of seeing hidden aspects of ourselves lifted up and celebrated onstage. (Sound effects courtesy of ongoing renovations of BRT's Thrust Stage.)
Listen to the podcast here.
The Moving Company's production of Tartuffe, directed by Mr. Serrand, opens tonight at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and runs through April 12, 2015.
The African-American Shakespeare Company's next production, Isfahan Blues, features Mr. Callender as an American jazz musician traveling in Iran.
Trevor Allen, Theatre Process 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), voiceover 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.