Last Thursday evening, Ten Cents A Dance director John Doyle met with McCarter friends for wine, cheese, and good conversation. It was a great group of McCarter fans that included Trustees, just after their first Board Meeting of the season, and McCarter supporters on their way to the final preview performance.
Associate Producer Adam Immewahr interviewed John about his directing process and the development of Ten Cents A Dance, which debuted at the U.K.’s Watermill Theatre in 2002 and just opened at McCarter after a run at Williamstown Theater Festival. He spoke to his signature style of using actors as the orchestra, a technique that was born out of financial need during the cash-strapped 80s and 90s. Over the past two decades, John has perfected this unconventional method of staging musicals.
John commended our Princeton audiences for their willingness to “lean forward” and truly engage in the quiet moments that are created on stage. Most of the musical theater we see today has the exact opposite effect, causing theatergoers to lean back in attempt to take it all in, but Doyle takes a different approach. Ten Cents A Dance is a testament to how compelling and theatrical his style can be.
Having an opportunity to sit down and talk was John was a great way to kickoff our 2011-2012 Theater Season. We are incredibly excited by all of the events that will be happening at McCarter this year and we hope to see you here soon! To find out more about future donor events and learn how you can get involved visit us online.
Posted by Melissa Egan, Development Assosicate at McCarter Theatre