Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Grey Gardens - meet director Christopher Dykton

What do you find appealing about Grey Gardens?
The characters.  It's a mix of complex characters.  Edith and Little Edie are seen at two distinct moments in their lives thirty years a part and we ask the question, "How did we become like this?"

What single word would you use to describe yourself as director of Grey Gardens?

What have you learned about yourself while working on this show?
It's easy to reflect on who I am and who I was years ago, when doing a show like Grey Gardens.  And also, how nutty part of me is.

What do you hope the audience takes away from Grey Gardens?
I hope they embrace the love of the two Ediths.

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
The cast is small and the production is technically complex.  Three actors play two parts across thirty years -- that's really different to do.

How long have you been directing and choreographing?  How did you get involved with LTA?
Directing and choreographing have been my dual passions artistically for the past twenty years.  I first worked with LTA in 1990, when I played Bobby in A Chorus Line.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
If you have the desire to do it, do it.  It's magical, whether you are on stage or behind the scenes.

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