The Lost Conversation: Interviews With an Enduring Avant-Garde
Published by 53rd State Press
In the summer of 2019, a rehearsal workshop destroyed my mental health.
So I interview some of the most legendary NYC avant-garde theater makers I could think of and ask them how
How did you survive?
How did you pay rent?
How did you stay courageous?
How did you not quit?
How did you deal with "no?"
How did you stay pure?
How? How? How?
My long-form interview series originally started off as a recurring column in The Brooklyn Rail and will soon be published as a full book with The 53rd State Press.
Bill T Jones
David Henry Hwang
David Van Tieghem
Jeffery M Jones
Less about the art itself and more about the emotional life of the artist, each interview explores how they started, what kept them going, the evolutions they've seen, what it takes and what it took to make a life as an artist in New York City.
Thanks to the friends who connected, prepped & worked with me on this:
Kate Kremer, Emily DeVoti, Antje Oegel, David Skeist, Linda Chapman, The Brooklyn Rail, Clay Hapaz & Mike Farry @ The Wooster Group, Ozzie Rodriguez @ LaMama Archvies, T. Ryder Smith, Juliana Francis Kelly, Bob Cucuzza, Frank Boudreaux, Paul DiPietro, Joseph Moran, Bronwen Sharp, Gisela Cardenas, Eric Bernhard @ Sledgehammer Theater, Spiderwoman Theater, Bjorn Amelan, Alexandra Collier, New York Live Arts, Kristiana Cowser, Jonathan Lomma, Meghan Finn, James Scruggs, Tina Mitchell, Richard Termine, New York Library for The Performing Arts, Morgan Library, Kirk McCoy,