Why do “The Real Thing” in the round? Was it something you’d seen before?
I’ve never seen “The Real Thing.” But the idea to do it does seem a little anti-intuitive at first. Like, somehow, you tend to imagine plays of great language and plays with such great words in a proscenium space. So the idea is that somehow a more intimate space and a more in-the-round style makes a play like that feel somehow less artificial. Less “up on a stage.” And that’s particularly helpful for this play, because “The Real Thing” is Tom Stoppard’s most personal play. And it’s full of difficult, thorny emotional material. It’s a play full of scenes where you see the most difficult moments that relationships or couples go through, and I just thought [about] taking those scenes and putting them right in our laps in the most aggressively intimate style we could find.