PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes
02 Oct 2013
"Please Hello" from Pacific Overtures. This will give you some idea about what a strange kid I was. I dragged my mom to see the original production, which was mind-blowing, then made my parents listen to the cast album endlessly, while I tried, in vain, to make them realize why the internal rhyme "And with heavy cannon wish you an un(ending please hello)" was the pinnacle of human creative accomplishment up to that point in history.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.