Summerworks Preview Questionnaire: Situational Anarchy

29 Jul

SituationalAnarchy-400x267Your Name: Graham Isador

Your Production: Situational Anarchy

Your Role: Writer/Performer

Tell me a bit about your show: Situational Anarchy is a storytelling show about why punk rock is the most important thing in the world. It is also a show about why punk rock is the dumbest thing in the world. The show chronicles my personal history with the band Against Me, who were an anarcho political act that abandoned their morals for a major label recording contract.

What else are you excited to see at this year’s festival? I am looking forward to seeing Adam Lazarus’ Daughter that should be a funny and mind bending piece. I am looking forward to Thea Fitz-James’ Naked Ladies, we’ve been some shows together and she’s a really quick witted writer and a warm performer. No Fun, the Iggy Pop dance piece, also looks…fun.

One of the great challenges of the independent performing arts is arguably to reach and engage the general public. If logistics and budget weren’t a consideration, what would be the craziest scheme you could think of to attract new theatre-goers?

I don’t think it’s about budget, I think it’s about most people’s inability or unwillingness engage and create community. You want more people to come to your show? Give them something they can see themselves in, make it affordable, and let them drink a beer while they’re watching it. Make yourself accessible to talk afterwards, and let them know you appreciated them coming out. We’re entertainers, and there are a bunch of different ways you can entertain people. You can make them laugh, make them cry, make them think, whatever. But if you lose sight that what you’re doing is entertainment than you deserve those empty seats.

Summerworks pieces are often socially and politically minded. If you had to write a musical about Donald Trump but could not include any part of his name in the title, what would it be called?

Springtime for Hitler

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