Erika Phoebus and Isaac Byrne of “Kiss It, Make It Better”

Theatre 4the People presents KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER at The New OhioWho really gets you? How well do you actually know yourself? And when your innocence is shattered, what can you do, who can you turn to, and where can you go?

For the characters in actress Erika Phoebus‘s Kiss It, Make It Better, the place to run away to is an abandoned roller coaster—but the real world has a way of encroaching in on the planned utopia of two runaway kids.

Starting with a bit of old slam poetry, Erika worked with director Isaac Byrne (whom you might remember from the second go-round of The Other Mozart) to develop the play, currently receiving its world premiere as produced by Theatre 4the People at The New Ohio.

Listen in as Erika and Isaac discuss lost innocence, being both playwright and actor in the rehearsal room, creating your own Neverland, why you shouldn’t rely on your box office, and why you should go wait in Central Park for “Shakespeare in the Park” tickets (hint: you might start a collaboration with others in the queue).

“I just kind of came to the realization that…you can’t really make money off theatre until it reaches a certain level…”
“…and even then…”
“…and even then! So unless you’re really coming in with a lot of capital, what’s the point? […] I just wanted people to come. […] And it’s actually been great…”
“I think it’s also really important to respect the community of artists that we’re a part of…and recognize that it’s our job to see theatre, and it’s our job to be a part of the theatre. It’s an exchange…”

 

Theatre 4the People present

Kiss It, Make It Better

written by Erika Phoebus
directed by Isaac Byrne

thru June 18th, 2016
Thursdays–Saturdays @8PM
Saturdays @3PM
Sundays @5PM

The New Ohio
154 Christopher Street
Manhattan

tickets: pay what you can (suggested $20), reserve via OvationTix

Theatre 4the People presents KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER at The New Ohio, photo by Yvonne AllowayTheatre 4the People presents KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER at The New Ohio, photo by Yvonne Alloway Theatre 4the People presents KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER at The New Ohio, photo by Yvonne Allowayphotos by Yvonne Alloway

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