In conversation with Artistic Director Danielle Dauphinee, director ERIC HAMME discusses the U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s The Dark Side—musically infused with The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd—now extended through Sep 19 at The Garage Theatre in Long Beach.
“I heard it first as a radio play and I immediately wanted it to be on stage. I knew that there would be challenges in making the transformation, but that part of the process has always excited me. Finding creative solutions has always been a big part of the fun of what we do. I would call it a play, but an unusual one in that it is not entirely driven by the actors on stage. The album, The Dark Side of the Moon, is a character in the play, a narrator of sorts, helping to move the story forward. So there is definitely more emphasis put on sound, lighting, and video than perhaps your more traditional play. I like to think of it as an experience rather than a play. First, of course, I had to go about landing the rights for the US premiere of such a legendary playwright’s work. I asked. Then, after months of waiting, they told me that Tom was interested and wanted to know what my plans were with the show. That was the most stressful moment: trying to put into words all that had only existed in my head up until then—trying to convince Tom Stoppard, of all people, that I had some clue of what I was talking about. After that, it was just logistics. I think the most surreal moment was when they told me it was a go on their end, but that I needed to contact Pink Floyd and get their blessing. I never thought I would ever receive an email like that. It was really exciting.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). This Friday, Aug 28, Arts in Review welcomes Marcelo Tubert, Olivia Cristina Delgado and Lila Dupree, cast members of the premiere run of El Grande Circus de Coca Cola, extended to Sep 30 at Skylight Theatre in Hollywood.