Tell us a little about what the storyline for this Opera is and how the idea came about?
There was this Japanese film called ‘Rashomon,’ which explored a relationship between a mentor and a mentee. At the time when it was filmed, which was back in 1950, that sort of relationship was not accepted, and so we were looking to write a mentorship kind of relationship that wasn’t your typical love story.
It was about not telling a story about the privileged people in L.A. and instead telling a story with substance; something that the rest of the world may not understand about L.A. A sense of how do they relate to it and how they don’t. I just remember it was the right storyline when we stumbled upon it.
Tell us a little bit about your journey as an artist.
I’ve been writing for 30 years now and there just is not a time where I wasn’t writing or processing the world on a page. I always knew who I was in that way. Mark and I have been working on our technique all these years, but for me, the stage is where I feel at home. I have a masters in filmmaking and I also teach screenwriting on a masters level. I do LOVE film but I don’t like the industry. When you see this show, you will see that.
Why did you choose Art Share as your venue? Is this something you would like to do more of?
I wish I had known about Art Share before because I have always wanted to live in an artist collective. It was a different experience the moment I walked through the door. I felt like it was home.