Christopher Diercksen and Daniel John Kelley of “That True Phoenix”

Team Awesome Robot presents THAT TRUE PHOENIX, written by Daniel John KelleyListen in as playwright Daniel John Kelley and director Christopher Diercksen of That True Phoenix discuss opera nerdiness, self-mythologizing, producing (and living) with limited resources, repeatedly turning down your future collaborator (then, working in the same office with your collaborator), cutting down your 290-page autobiographical play, “why we do any of this,” taking the time to do it right, and the most interesting man you’ve (probably) never heard of: Lorenzo Da Ponte.

“…they were like, ‘Daniel, you’ve written crazy plays before; I trust that you will write a crazy play again, let’s do this play.’ And I was like, ‘ok, sure, 10 years of this idea, maybe it’ll do…’ But they were 100% committed, even if I didn’t believe it, from the beginning, to say, ‘we trust you, we’re going to build this play…we’re going to figure out why we do this as we go along’…”

Team Awesome Robot presents

That True Phoenix

written by Daniel John Kelley
directed by Christopher Diercksen

thru May 6, 2017

Access Theater
380 Broadway, 4th Floor
Manhattan

tickets: $20, available via BrownPaperTickets

Team Awesome Robot presents THAT TRUE PHOENIX, written by Daniel John Kelley and directed by Christopher Dierksen, photo by Yvonne Hartung Team Awesome Robot presents THAT TRUE PHOENIX, written by Daniel John Kelley and directed by Christopher Dierksen, photo by Yvonne Hartung Team Awesome Robot presents THAT TRUE PHOENIX, written by Daniel John Kelley and directed by Christopher Dierksen, photo by Yvonne HartungTeam Awesome Robot presents THAT TRUE PHOENIX, written by Daniel John Kelley and directed by Christopher Dierksen, photo by Yvonne Hartungphotos by Yvonne Hartung

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