Sunday, February 27, 2011

FRIGID New York Interview - George Ridgeway of "Inside Straight"

By Byrne Harrison

Name: George Ridgeway (writer/performer)

How did you first get involved in theater?

Originally, I was in media work, then film-making, which led to stage acting.

Who are your biggest influences?

For solo work, Mike Daisy and Anna Deavere Smith.

Tell me a little bit about your show.

Johnny Ace is a street-smart surveillance expert. He is everybody’s Big Brother in a world with cameras everywhere, where bosses watch their employees on their computers, landlords have cameras in the walls, people track each other on the Internet, and your doctor may even put a camera up your ass. Johnny tells it like it is as he tracks, with pulsating humor and then deep anguish, the life-and-death story of a girl on the run in our world with a thousand eyes.

What inspired you to write it?

Through my narrator (Johnny Ace), I probe a central issue in the way we live: how much privacy (and sanity) can we hang onto as high technology pushes ahead all around us. Are we losing our “inner life” (and happiness) for the sake of high-tech gadgets?

Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working with them?

Letty Cruz (my director) and I have worked on different variations of this show for several years.

What’s next for you after FRIGID?

Possibly expand and develop this show further. I also have other stage and film interests that I’m eager to pursue.

And finally, if you could say anything to your potential audience, what would it be?

That in a high-tech world, we need some privacy to enjoy life. And that through the laughs and story of this show, people will realize that life without a creative inner life is a real drag and a hell of a lot less fun.

Inside Straight
Written by George Ridgeway & Directed by Letty Cruz
Presented by Thousand Eyes Productions, New York, NY

UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)


Fri 2/25 @ 6pm, Sat 2/26 @ 10pm, Wed 3/2 @ 6pm, Sat 3/5 @ 5:30pm, & Sun 3/6 @ 2:30pm

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