DIRECTOR and Seasoned Thesbian Tamicka "TeeJay" Johnson shows one of her multiple talents here in a recent ad she designed. Here is what she has to say about directing LYING in BED:
What attracted you to the Lying in Bed project?
Johnson: I was intrigued by several aspects of the play from the very beginning. The relationships and interactions between the characters are funny and insightful, while being educational and thought provoking. I loved the idea that Cole had behind incorporating both novice and seasoned performers in this project. Also, coming to the project with innumerable years of community theatre experience, I felt that I was qualified to bring the performance to the level of promise shown in such a prolific script while using the opportunity to teach and train the actors.
As Director, how does it sit with you that some of the characters assigned genders remain unclear throughout the play? What impact do you think this has on your audience?
Johnson: Intrigue and suspense are two very necessary ingredients in the recipe for a good play. This paradigm produces both of these. I also love the fact that the ambiguity will promote dialogue between the audience members. It may even draw people back for a repeat viewing in an attempt to figure it out. In addition it’s an excellent concept to enforce the realization that the interactions between the characters transcend characteristics such as sexual orientation, sex and gender.
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