Mother of Us All Seattle Times preview
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To viewers who protest that they don’t know where to focus their attention, Byrd asks, “Well, do you know where to look in life?”Read the full preview in The Seattle Times (PDF version).
Byrd admits that theater audiences are used to being told where to look and how to feel. But for this particular subject matter, he believes, streamlining or simplifying the stage action would be the wrong choice.
“I want people to gather the information however they can and make whatever sense out of it they can.” Their role, as he views it, is to “curate” what they’re seeing.
“I can maybe direct them or guide them in a certain direction,” he says. “But I don’t want to come to a conclusion for them.”
It’s not just an aesthetic but an ethical stance on Byrd’s part.
“It minimizes the complexity of the subject to simplify it so much that it’s easy to follow,” he says. “It would be presumptuous on my part to reduce it to something that’s easily digested.”