As director Brad Raimondo notes at the top of this interview, there are stories from history that just seem to stick with you. It was because the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 wouldn’t leave him or playwright Ricardo Pérez González alone that The Dreamscape Theatre developed In Fields Where They Lay, currently playing at The New Ohio.
But you’re definitely not going to the theatre for a history lesson—this is a beautifully-told story that resonates in a powerful way, especially at the holiday season of this particular moment in time (one hundred years on from the Christmas depicted in the play).
Listen in as Brad & actor Spencer Davis Milford discuss starting at the ending and building the play from there, propaganda, a long incubation, and how to tell an epic story on a human scale.
Oh, and your interviewer has a moment of realization about the origin of Tom & Jerry.
“I think all of us have, at one point or another, had a moment where we’ve really felt like ‘this is the right time to be working on telling a story about a group of armed men in uniforms, deciding to put their guns down for a little while, and think about who the people are on the other side’…”
Dreamscape Theatre presents
In Fields Where They Lay
written by Ricardo Pérez González
developed & directed by Brad Raimondo
December 5–27, 2014
Wednesdays & Thursdays @7PM
Fridays & Saturdays @8PM
(no show on Christmas Day)
The New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street
tickets: $18, available via Vendini
photos by Hugh Mackey