S.M.: Are there any particular parts of the show that you love performing or that the audience seems to really attach to?
D.C.: Playing a live game of quidditch with the audience. I believe it’s the only place you can go in the whole world to the theater and also participate in a game of quidditch. Mainly it’s watching the dads get involved, where you see them really believing that it’s the Super Bowl, pushing their kids and other people’s out of the way so they can make a goal and then sort of getting these knowing looks from their wives, who are saying, “What are you doing?”
J.T.: My favorite part to perform personally is from book four, the graveyard scene. We decided after rereading and rereading the books and watching the movie that we can’t really recreate the special effects, so we went a different route and turned it into a magic competition. We make Voldemort into something of a not-quite-perfect vaudevillian magician, which I find very fun. Anything to poke fun at Voldemort is a winner in my book.
S.M.: I’m glad you brought up the quidditch game, because I was actually curious how exactly that works.
D.C.: We actually have ropes and pulleys and we raise the whole audience into the air. It’s an insurance nightmare, but it seems to go down well.
J.T.: We can’t believe we’re still allowed to do it after all the deaths.
S.M.: Since you guys have had so much success with this, I was wondering if you had any other ideas for the future. Maybe a “Hunger Games” or “Twilight” or other young adult fiction parody?
D.C.: We’ve thought about “Lord of the Rings” and we’ve also been thinking about “Dr. Who.” It will never be “Twilight” because that’s about a 900-hundred-year-old sparkly vampire with teenage angst. And no, we’re not going anywhere near that.
But yeah, we’re always on the lookout. It’s not often that a series of books like Harry Potter comes along. It’s hard to find something of that sort of caliber that also exists, but if you have any ideas, please tell us and we will steal them.
Thursday through Sept. 15. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $45-$95.