New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 12

“I’m finding all new emotions with this production,” he continued. “Emotions I haven’t worked with in plays I’ve directed before because this is so different. The one thing I want to make sure our cast constantly does is keep the people in it. It’s easy to get pulled aside when they’re fighting the plane or it won’t turn to the left or the right, but I keep hammering home the term they use throughout the play, ‘All the souls on board.’ This is real trag- edy here. These are real lives and real people. And I don’t want to lose that when telling the story. I want the audience to walk out the way I did and start thinking about the play an hour or two later and say to themselves, ‘Wait a minute… these were real people. They weren’t made up from a playwright.’ When you start thinking about all these poor people, it really hits home.” In a bit of fortuitous casting, the 2015 - ISSUE 10 12