Thoughts on EROTICIDE LIVE ON STAGE…

Posted: December 8, 2013 in All Things EROTICIDE
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Well, I learned a very valuable lesson tonight. When an artist creates a work of art and is fortunate enough to have his piece inspire others to pay homage to it via their own unique interpretation, there’s no accounting for just how “unique” that interpretation will be. While the performances of the actors were very spirited with an energy befitting their take on the material, their understanding of the script left very much to be desired. Now how much of this depends on the cast or the director who coached them remains unknown. All I have to go on was the final product I saw on stage, and what I saw was an interpretation of EROTICIDE that lacked the subtlety, emotional depth, deliberate pacing and clear motivation of the original film. Instead the scenes were rushed with important bits of dialogue glossed over, never given the chance to be delivered with the gravitas they were intended to be spoken with. Worst of all, the scenes often felt like they were played for comedy with an emphasis on stereotypical imagery associated with BDSM, particularly violence, which was nowhere to be found in the original text. Once again I don’t know how much of this falls on the shoulders of the actors or their director. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter as tonight only served to remind me how fortunate I was to work with the likes of Jocelin Haas, Stephanie Van Rijn and Lisa Di Capa and how together under my direction we immortalized something very special on film that transcended its fetishistic roots and resonated with audiences in such a profoundly emotional way and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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