PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Passing Strange and Romeo and Juliet Co-Composer Heidi Rodewald

By Matthew Blank
17 Jul 2012

What is particularly unique about this adaptation of such a well-known classic? Director Joanna Settle's work always makes you think about what the play has to do with your own life. Even with the most contemporary plays I watch I feel like I'm watching something that has nothing to do with me. She brings Shakespeare home and sits him out on the patio.
You've worked on several scores with this company and director. What do you enjoy most about working with Joanna Settle and Shakespeare on the Sound? Joanna introduced Stew and I to Shakespeare, so the two of them are kind of inseparable for us. She really makes it all feel personal, urgent and real. I love the cast she assembles. And how can you not love eating a lobster roll by the water while watching a Shakespeare play?
Any upcoming projects you can talk about: Stew, Joanna and I are continuing work on our musical The Total Bent, in development at The Public Theater.

And I'm developing a musical with the writer Donna Di Novelli called The Good Swimmer. It's about a family of lifeguards in 1963 and uses found text in its lyrics. Stew is doing some arranging work on it.

Something about you that surprises people: That I'm a bigger bitch than Stew!

Not true at all... just thought that was really funny.

Career you would want if not a writer/performer: Making films
Three things you can't live without: 1. Friends and family
2. The little time I get to spend away from Stew
3. A slightly dirty martini
"I'll never understand why…" ...anyone would ask me why I love living in NYC.
Words of advice for aspiring artists: If everybody loves you, you're probably not doing it right.