It’s a headline that I could not thinking about, “A Rebooted “Oklahoma” Brings 1943 Into 2015″.
The article was about a Summer Stock production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
The director, Daniel Fish (age 48) had an interesting take on this favorite from a time long before he was born.
His “Oklahoma!” — which unfolds in a theater retrofitted to look like an old-fashioned community hall and features red pots of chili shared by the audience and the actors at intermission — may be right in line with the current fashion in immersive theater.
“I tend not to think in terms of something being experimental or traditional, old or new,” Mr. Fish told The New York Times. “It’s not about trying to push the show, but about trying to really hear it.”He put it another way: “If there was an apocalypse and we found a time capsule, and all that was inside was the score and the book of ‘Oklahoma!,’ how would we do it?”
His challenge is to honor the origins but make it work for today – to find a balance.
Everyone involved with the original “Oklahoma!” in 1943 was “taking a risk,” he said. “We need to take risks, too.”Share