By Byrne Harrison
Name: Sean Gill
Play: Laurie Deacon and the Night Caller
Relationship to production: Playwright
How did you first get involved in theatre?
In my first encounter with the stage, I believe I was assisting one Mr. Paddington Bear in his selection from my delectable array of pies. I was wearing a red bow tie, and this was sometime around 1989.
Who are your biggest influences?
Yukio Mishima, Paul Schrader, Werner Herzog, Clu Gulager, and Michael Ironside.
What is your show about?
One could say that it's about victimhood, bodily imprisonment, or the animal within. I'll say that it's about the union of like minds in an oblivious world.
What inspired you to write it?
In a world that seems to pendulate between the rational and the irrational, between the mundane and the ineffable, we all embark on a sort of search for identity, as hackneyed as that might sound. Laurie Deacon takes a step away from that. It asks us to scrutinize what arcane, abstract narratives might already be etched onto our brain stems and spinal cords- the kinds of primordial mysteries that exist not around us, but within us. I hoped to enter that shadowy, cavernous, yet intimate realm, and emerge with many wonders, both monstrous and divine.
What made you want to perform in an eco-friendly theatre festival like Planet Connections?
Well, this one sort of answers itself- so many of us try to make a difference (whether it be sociologically, ecologically, or what-have-you) through our art, and they've actually designed an entire festivity around the idea that art, conservation, and charity can meet head-on and operate in an effective way.
Planet Connections is fairly unique in that a portion of the box office for each show is donated to a charity. What charity have you chosen and why?
I've chosen Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS because, again, I have a deep-rooted admiration for a willingness to blend art and charity.
What's next for you after Planet Connections?
Well, the run of a one-woman show I wrote and directed (Dreams of the Clockmaker, starring my sister, Jillaine Gill) just came to an end, but a remount may certainly be in the works. I've been focusing on film projects as of late, and I hope to unleash upon the world (by the end of this summer?), the apocalyptic "Mustache Party," the madcap "Sci-Fi Black Hole Adventure," the neighborly revenge flick "Slumlord Shitheel Slaughter," and a film based on Rachel Klein's dance piece, "he Tragedy of Maria Macabre."
And finally, if you could go back in time and meet yourself as a kid, what advice would you give your younger self?
No matter what anyone says, working like a dog for $5.45 an hour throughout the last few free summers of your life is not exactly a fair trade. You'll probably never have a free moment again.
Laurie Deacon and the Night Caller
Written and Directed by Sean Gill
Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission
Venue: The Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette Street, 3rd floor
Thurs 6/17 @ 2pm