Okay, so technically this co-directionship is not “like any relationship,” because it is like the out-of-office relationship Innocenti and Coakley have enjoyed for five years: a romantic (and often professional) partnership.
Although a person, if inclined, could point out how such a pairing could lead to disaster — “I think he should enter stage left.” “I’m not feeling stage left.” “Well what are you feeling?” “I don’t know, why don’t you tell me, since you seem to know everything.” Etc. — but Innocenti and Coakley insist that’s not the case.
“I would imagine if you weren’t in a personal relationship and doing this, it would be a different type of tension,” Innocenti said. “You can’t go home, calm down and realize you still love each other and want to make each other happy.”
Both Innocenti, 32, and Coakley, 26, have long histories with Keegan. Innocenti has worked there for seven years, by his count acting in 20 shows and production-managing more than 50. Coakley has been at Keegan since 2007, working on 20 productions as a stage manager and assistant director. “Cabaret” is the fourth show she’s directed. Both are executive staff members at Keegan.
For “Cabaret,” they agreed from the start not to “put too much director concept into a show,” said Coakley, because doing so “is not respectful to the production itself. [But] we also want to be original and have our own thoughts and ideas infused into the production.”
Innocenti and Coakley know that there are some in Theaterland who think the standard slate of musicals ought to be shelved more often in favor of newer works. “But we know there are large swaths of the population who have never seen these shows live,” Innocenti said. “They do speak through the generations. There’s a group of people who’ve never seen it. Why ignore it?”
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Cheaper way to Studio gala
Studio Theatre’s annual gala will feature a special guest: master sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay, who is creating a show for the occasion. Tickets could set you back anywhere from $450 to $25,000 — unless you score one of the 100 tickets that Studio is selling to the general public for $100 a pop. One ticket gets you into the show and the afterparty (dancing, drinking, mingling). Call 202-332-3300 if you want in; first come, first served.