A Poignant and Powerful Premise (Director May Adrales Talks A Hard Wall at High Speed)
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A Poignant and Powerful Premise (Director May Adrales Talks A Hard Wall at High Speed)

May Adrales

Director May Adrales shares what attracted her to A Hard Wall at High Speed

Even with rehearsals for the world premiere of Ashlin Halfnight’s A Hard Wall at High Speed (opening November 3rd) well under way, director May Adrales took some time to share what drew her to the project.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH ASHLIN HALFNIGHT’S A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED?

Tom Wojtunik and I had been friends and colleagues for years, and I’ve always greatly respected and admired him and was especially impressed when he told me about his vision for APAC and his desire to produce and support world premieres. He sent me the script, and as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to work on it. Beautifully drawn complex characters, a poignant and powerful premise and a plot that kept the pages turning. For a lover of new plays, this one, I knew, was gold.

WHAT DO YOU PERCEIVE AS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE DIRECTING THIS PLAY?

Working on a new play is like building a house on a moving foundation sometimes. The structure is strong because you have a lot of talents involved- the writer, actors, designers and all the producing and production staff. But the text, which is the basis of the work, is always evolving and changing. And everyone has to be flexible and game as they work on shifting ground.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THIS PROCESS?

I think my favorite part is what I described above. It’s amazing to excavate a text so new and untried with talented smart people.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH APAC?

The “Can Do” attitude. And how people enjoy the work and it shows in every aspect.

WHAT’S YOUR NEXT PROJECT? TELL US ABOUT IT.

Well, we open on A Hard Wall at High Speed on Nov. 3rd and I run the NYC marathon Nov. 6th!

But for theater projects…

I’m working my Shakespeare chops directing Love’s Labour’s lost at NYU and directing a workshop of a new play by Jordan Seavey, The Funny Pain. A brilliant, funny, and touching new play about a girl with a neurological disorder who can’t feel pain and her sister who is only interested in causing pain.

The world goes crazy when Ashlin Halfnight’s A Hard Wall At High Speed premieres November 3, 2011 and runs through November 19, 2011 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), Astoria, NY 11102.

Get your tickets here.

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