LEON RUSSOM // artist profile
Photo by Peter Konerko

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What energizes you as an artist?

Well-wrought words. The search for form and beauty where there apparently is none. The audience.

What’s been inspiring you lately?

Always Shakespeare, Thelonius Monk, Bob Dylan, Beckett, Edward Hopper, George Carlin. Lately… Karl Ove Knausgaard, Nicholson Baker, Bernie Sanders, Samantha Bee.

“If I wasn’t an artist…”

I wouldn’t be me. A mongol horseman, perhaps. An elephant.

“As a child, I was…”

A changeling. Odd, dreamy, curious, quiet.

Who are your artist allies?

All the fools at Sacred Fools, Charles Pasternak of Porters of Hellsgate, Coeurage Theatre, the whole world of 99-seat theater.

Photo by Peter KonerkoWho are your artistic heroes?

Samuel Beckett, Peter Brook, Paul Scofield, Marlon Brando, and Shakespeare.

What’s your favorite (or go-to) LA “spot?”

The Iliad Bookshop.

Okay. Define art. Go!

A significant, surprising, and delightful form.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just closed Padraic Duffy’s Past Time with French Stewart at Sacred Fools. Now I’m rehearsing King Lear at Loft Ensemble, which opens July 9.
 

What’s your creative goal for the next year?

To survive King Lear, and then see what’s on the horizon.


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