A Delicate Ship Cast and Crew Interviews

The Road Theatre on Magnolia is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s exciting A Delicate Ship. The play opened officially Friday January 19 and runs through March 11. Over the course of the run we will spotlight the director and members of the cast. This week the light shines on Roadie Josh Zuckerman.

What character are you playing and how does he (she) contribute to the play?

I play Nate. You could argue that he is sometimes the narrator of the play and oftentimes the subject around which the action of the story moves. Without Nate, there’s no conflict.  He is the catalyst for a Christmas eve that haunts all 3 characters long after the evening ends. And I think thematically, his experience is meant to echo the sentiment in Auden’s poem, Musee des Beaux Arts. Namely, that suffering “takes place while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along…”

 

Are there challenges for you as an actor in interpreting/preparing for your role? If so, what are they?

I always find it a bit challenging bringing to life history with another character. Nate and Sarah are childhood friends; they grew up together.They’ve shared almost every life event big and small. As the players, we know that history needs to be on the stage from the get-go.  It needs to feel familiar in the way an audience can immediately recognize and believe. It’s really a necessary component to explain the drama of what transpires that evening. Fortunately, Anna Ziegler has written all these juicy morsels of shared memories and anecdotes for us to work off of. 

 

Talk about your fellow castmates and director.

 

We must start with Andre (director Andre Barron) because he has had a comprehensive vision for this play from the beginning. Certainly, he’s refined that vision as he learns more about the play and the characters. But we’re extremely fortunate to have a director who has the ability to fall in love with a play. I’m consistently surprised by his shrewdly intelligent and heartfelt insight. He always shows up with ideas; he has a keen attention to detail and a relentless pursuit of specificity. It’s really wonderful to know you’re in the hands of someone who cares as much as he does. As Sarah, Paris will break your heart. People may know her as an actress with a beautiful vulnerability but I think from this piece, they may be surprised at how fiercely brave she can be as well. She continues to be a joy to work with — playful, patient and hard-working.  Phillip is equally a blessing of an actor to work with. He may be the nicest person you’ve ever met. And on the stage, he’s so present and authentic that if I’m ever lost, I know I only have to look over at him and he’ll bring me right back to the play. 

 

What do you believe is the message of the play?

That we’re all alone, ultimately — and that’s unbearably sad and impossibly beautiful. That everything in life and everyone’s existence is all happening simultaneously and we should try to sensitize ourselves to this reality. That we are never prepared for life but we must keep going anyway and we’ll figure it out … that life is worth the candle — however heartbreaking, however surprising, however difficult … that life is a funny thing.

 

What do you hope audiences will take away with them?

It might be easy for audiences to take a side in the play. However, I would hope that they find taking a side difficult. I would hope that they can understand each character’s perspective and empathize with their deep needs. Sarah, Nate and Sam are all doing the best they can with the cards they were dealt.  Compassion is the goal here. 

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
Located in the
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood
(818) 761-8838
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(PARKING: Limited parking in NoHo Senior Arts Colony as well as ample street parking)

 

The Road Theatre on Magnolia is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s exciting A Delicate Ship. The play opened officially Friday January 19 and runs through March 11. Over the course of the run we will spotlight the director and members of the cast. This week the light shines on Roadie Philip Orazio.

 

 

What character are you playing and how does he (she) contribute to the play?

I am playing the role of Sam in the show. He is an aspiring singer/songwriter who, for the first time in his life, is in love. His relationship with Sarah is in the early and exciting stages with endless possibility and growth. They are rapidly collapsing into one another in the most beautiful way… that is until Nate shows up and attempts to uproot what they have.

Are there challenges for you as an actor in interpreting/preparing for your role? If so, what are they?

I think the most challenging part of this role has been the silence. The moments of stillness and quiet where it feels as though any rational person would say something to fight for their relationship. But Sam chooses not to do this. He chooses to trust and listen and breathe through this night, knowing the potential of “us” and that the right choice is not to push, but to stay present.

Talk about your fellow castmates and director.

Where do I even start? Everyone in the production has brought their best into the room from day one. Even our technical runs have been full of life and honesty- that is a very rare occurrence to have everyone so committed to the story we are trying to tell. Then adding the fact that we all actually like and enjoy one another… well that combination is just unheard of in the theater world.

What do you believe is the message of the play?

This question is a challenge. I don’t know if there is a “message” necessarily – I don’t believe that Anna Ziegler has an agenda here. But there is a powerful story to be told, and the meaning of that story is going to be a matter of perspective. For some, they are going to relate to the journey of being torn between two possible life paths, and the yearning to let it all go to find your own unscripted possibilities. For others, it’s going to be the tragedy of living in the past, and believing that the life you once led is as good as it can possibly be- the ache for “what was” in the manifestation of “what is.” It could also be the story of new love and artistry, and how coming out of tragedy we create to find healing and peace. But there is the very strong possibility that it will be none of these and yet all at once. As with all walks of life, it’s all about perspective.

What do you hope audiences will take away with them?

More questions than answers – not about the play, but about their own journey. Pondering the moments in their life that led them decisively to where they are today. Those key breaths that brought them to an understanding of who they truly are through time. Like with any piece of theatre, I hope for self reflection and consideration. I know that as an ensemble, we have all had to make that self reflection a daily part of our lives during this process. I truly hope we can share that with our audience.

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
Located in the
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood
(818) 761-8838
nohoseniorartscolony.com
(PARKING: Limited parking in NoHo Senior Arts Colony as well as ample street parking)

 

 

The Road Theatre on Magnolia is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s exciting A Delicate Ship. The play opened officially Friday January 19 and runs through March 11. Over the course of the run we will spotlight the director and members of the cast. This week the light shines doubly on director Andre Barron and playwright Anna Ziegler, as we present an interview that Barron recently conducted with Miss Ziegler. Director Barron won BWW LA 2016 ‘Best Direction” for Edward Albee’s “The Play About The Baby” at The Road Theatre Company.

Andre:
The Road Theatre Company is excited to present the West Coast Premiere of “A Delicate Ship.” What was your initial inspiration for writing the play?

Anna:
I remember wanting to write a play that took place in a single evening. I’d never done that before. And I wanted the play to build to one major event.

Andre:
You really play with time and memory in this story. You appear to liquify the past, present and future. What are your thoughts on that concept and what are the challenges in it?

Anna:
These were definitely the challenges I set for myself.

 

Andre:
Your characters are very complex. There is an existential pain and questioning in the hearts and minds of these early 30 year olds. What are they searching for?

Anna:
As far as the setting goes, and the characters, I think I was in some ways inspired by the building where my husband grew up. I didn’t grow up in an apartment building, and it always sounded so wonderful to me, the experience of having some of your best friends so close at hand, these friends you practically live with who become like siblings. It felt very romantic to me. So I wanted to peek behind the curtain at one of those friendships. 

Andre:
Sarah is such an interesting character. There appears to be such an interesting arc in her character. She is faced with many difficult decisions moment by moment throughout the story. With every win she appears to lose something along the way.

Anna:
I would agree with your assessment.

Andre:
The character of Sam is such an anchor throughout the story. While Nate is the storm at the center of the play. Two completely different men. 

Anna:
Yes.

Andre:
You are having such a renaissance now in your career. Your play ACTUALLY at The Geffen Playhouse was very successful resulting in several Ovation nominations including Original Playwrighting and Best Play. I thank you for all your support on our production and I will see you at The Ovations!

Anna:
Thank you. Yes. I will see you there!

 

Don’t miss A Delicate Ship! Reviewer Gil Kaan had the following to say about the play on BWW: Barron smartly directs the action as a continuous build until…(no spoiler alert here) a conclusion. As in Ziegler’s other recent play ACTUALLY, all her characters possess questionable, very human characteristics, very open to interpretation

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
Located in the
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood
(818) 761-883nohoseniorartscolony.com
(PARKING: Limited parking in NoHo Senior Arts Colony as well as ample street parking)

 

The Road Theatre on Magnolia is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s exciting A Delicate Ship. The play opened officially Friday January 19 and runs through March 11. Over the course of the run we will spotlight the director and members of the cast. This week the light shines on Paris Perrault, a Roadie since 2009.

What character are you playing and how does he (she) contribute to the play?

I play Sarah in A Delicate Ship. It’s Sarah’s re-living of a night in her life that aches for resolution, really. It’s a puzzle about the choices we make for ourselves and accountability for its outcome. There’s a lot of reverence she carries for love, and also an extreme desire to get it right. And it proves to be difficult in very specific ways.

Are there challenges for you as an actor in interpreting/preparing for your role? If so, what are they?

Well, always, right?… I think a tricky part about Sarah is being honest about her loves and fears, and how they exist together. Also, the value your past and your future carry. Love and fear exist together for her. As an actor, it’s been both curious and challenging to work through the many opposites that exist in her. It’s a tricky play, with so much nuance. 

Talk about your fellow castmates and director.

I think I embarrassed myself the first rehearsal. I was overwhelmed and excited about Philip and Josh and I’d been wanting to work with Andre for a few years. I think I said something to the extent of, “You guys, I just have to say I’m really excited. Like, what?! I’m pinching myself, is this real? This is very cool.” It felt like everyone was looking at me weird like I should have had some sort of actual statement or thesis. Instead I just bumbled around, and giggled uncomfortably. They probably don’t remember and never gave me weird looks, but I felt so embarrassed. 

What do you believe is the message of the play?

The message of the play: I think it’s about memory’s role in growing up. 

Nate says, “It’s amazing how memory recreates things.” 

It is our reference point and our ship depending on what values we give to the present act.  The play is about time… and how we wrestle with our past. 

What do you hope audiences will take away with them?

A hankering for Cheese Doodles….? …I hope audiences leave with a sense of honesty and sincerity when encountering relationships that mean something. You get those moments in life where someone really lets you know you’re important. It’s real. I hope the audience stops to hear that. 

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
Located in the
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood
(818) 761-8838
nohoseniorartscolony.com
(PARKING: Limited parking in NoHo Senior Arts Colony as well as ample street parking)