Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.) Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show. This week, we’re celebrating the team behind The Woman in the Basement by bringing you this top-notch interview with Director David Siciliano. Seatbelts fastened? Good. Let’s go.
1. What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?
I am part of RADD Theatre Co., the producing company of The Woman in the Basement, and I will be directing the piece as well.
2. Describe your show in 17 words.
A scary, sometimes funny, always exciting ride down the rabbit hole of masculinity and its consequences (ooOOOooOOooOO).
3. If your show were a celebrity who would it be?
Tucker Max, at his little sister's birthday party.
4. If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?
Hmmm... I would be... I dunno. I really like our police officer, Officer Daniels. He's sassy. And he shoots a dude.
5. What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?
In second grade, we did a class play for our assembly and I played the Devil. I had this little 8 year old laugh (how old are you in 2nd grade?) and I had all my lines memorized. I was really cocky and thought I had it made, but then on the show day I kept starting on the wrong line and then stopping and correcting to the right line. I was mortified. I nailed the laugh though. :)
6. What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?
Oof, I was in Into the Woods, playing the Baker. I was supposed to come on stage and have some solo scene and then leave the stage in search of the cow. I came on stage, and just completely blanked. Comletely forgot what I was there for. So after a few pregnant pauses I looked stage left, yelled "COW!" and ran off.
7. What are your top three (Yes, only three!) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
- Spring Awakening. Saw it five times. I was a little christian school boy growing up, so when that show came out I was like, "yes, my lifeeee." Except not my life at all, but whatever I was an angsty rebellious teenager, It's fine.
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, with Tracy Letts on the b-way. Perfection. It was perfect.
- My "senior thesis" (for lack of a better word). I played Johnny in an independent production at school of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune. It was a "stretch" piece and simultaneously way too close to home. It was terrifying and gratifying to display a very personal side of myself in front of family and friends.
8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Grey's Anatomy. Yup, shut up, ok.
9. What is your internet and/or social media obsession?
Someone a couple classes below me at Syracuse created Mary Todd Lincoln on Facebook and comments/tags herself all over everyone's pages on Facebook. It's hysterical.
10. What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?
Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
1. Musical or Straight Play?
2. Too Hot or Too Cold?
3. Wine or Beer?
4. Olympics or X-Games?
5. Proscenium or Thrust?
Thrusty thrust thrust.
That's all for now! Be sure to tune in every week to learn more behind the scenes of the Araca Project 2014.