Friday, June 10, 2011

Planet Connections Interview - Kimberly Pau of "Bomb Shelter"

By Byrne Harrison

Name: Kimberly Pau
Relationship to production: Writer/Producer

How did you first get involved in theatre?

My aunt was an opera singer when I was growing up and she introduced me to performing. And I was always making plays with my neighbors.

Who are your biggest influences?

Aristophanes, Ingmar Bergman, Tony Kushner

What is your show about?

The right to kill. The morality of people who are outcasted from society.

What inspired you to write it?

I met an elderly landlord when I was looking at an apartment in one of those beautiful old buildings on Prospect Park West and kept seeing him when my eyes closed. I guess I wanted to figure him out so he became George in Bomb Shelter.

Why was it important to you to be part of an eco-friendly theatre festival?

I think it's a wonderful concept and I was interested in learning new methods for producing green theatre. I also worked on producing a "green" production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People last year with Aquila Theatre that was a gorgeous show and an informative process in thinking "green".

Planet Connections donates a portion of the box office for each show to a charity. What charity has your production chosen and why?

The Brooklyn Public Library is our charity. I have worked with them before and they are a wonderful resource that we want to support. We are also donating all of our producer's share of ticket sales to the Brooklyn Public Library.

What's next for you after Planet Connections?

This summer we're screening a short film I worked on called "Installation" and I'm traveling to Estonia to work on a documentary project. I also have a reading coming up for a new play, Milk Mama Mama Milk.

And finally, if your play was food, what kind of food would it be?

I will say Bomb Shelter would be foccacia.

Bomb Shelter
Thursday, June 02 at 5:00PM
Friday, June 03 at 8:30PM
Sunday, June 05 at 11:00AM
Monday, June 06 at 9:00PM
Saturday, June 11 at 1:00PM
Sunday, June 12 at 9:00PM

The Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street

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