InterVIEWS-day TUESday: Devin Brain!

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 Bones in the Basket by bringing you this thriller-status interview with Director & Producer Devin Brain.  (Devin didn't send me a picture, and doesn't have any photos on Google, so his appearance wll be revealed only at the shows!)  Seatbelts fastened?  Good.  Let’s go.

 

1. What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?
I am the Director and Producer for BONES IN THE BASKET: AN EVENING OF RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES.
 

2. Describe your show in 17 words. 
A riotously morbid, vodka fueled and gypsy punk infused musical retelling of seven classic Russian fairy tales.  (I think that was seventeen?)


3. If your show were a celebrity who would it be?
Tom Waits.


4. If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?
The Fox.  Because, well… Foxes may not always win, but they damn sure come out smiling and on top more often than not.  And as often as not with blood on their teeth.  So, yeah… the fox.  (Oh, and if there is one lesson from this show: never.  trust.  a fox.)


5. What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?
Sigh.  Honestly, I was a child in a high school production of THE KING AND I when I was in middle school.  God, that is agonizing to remember.  Although I did get my first kiss from a high school girl at the cast party, so I suppose that might overcome my shame.
 

6. What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?
Catastrophe or embarrassment, very different things…I find catastrophes to be rather fun, but embarrassments…that is not so good.  Embarassment:  as an undergrad director, deciding that I needed to audition for a production, so that I would know how it felt.  The walk down the aisle in a group audition, for the dance / music portion of an audition for Liz Swados’ RUNAWAYS was agonizing.  A lot of teasing.  Plus, I can’t sing.  I did get the role, and the embarrassment continued, as though I had a monologue and a few scenes; I really can’t sing, so out of a cast of 25 I was the only one asked to simply learn the words to the songs, so I could mouth along with everyone else.
 

7. What are your top three (Yes, only three!) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
     -Seeing Theatre D’Complicite’s STREET OF CROCODILES in London.
     -My production of Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS at the Yale Cabaret.|
     -A production of MARAT / SADE at Indiana University, the first play I ever saw… I was in 3rd or 4th grade?
 

8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Doctor Who.
 

9. What is your internet and/or social media obsession?
The “A Softer World” internet comic strip.
 

10. What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?
Is it cheating if I say: THE HOBBIT?  The movies are wretched, and there is something about the storytelling in the novel that I think could be interesting on stage.
If that is cheating, then… I would love to see a Broadway Musical based on GREMLINS... I think it would be a Christmas show to end all Christmas shows.


 

Lighting Round!

1. Musical or Straight Play?
Straight Play.
 

2. Too Hot or Too Cold?
Too Cold.
 

3. Wine or Beer?
Beer?  Depends on the day.
 

4. Olympics or X-Games?
Olympics (although even then I fear I don’t care).
 

5. Proscenium or Thrust?
Thrust.

 

So there you have it! Be sure to tune in every week to learn more behind the scenes of the Araca Project 2014!