PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes
02 Oct 2013
"Night Letter" from Two Gentlemen Of Verona. My mom always encouraged me to be creative. In eighth grade, she let me stay home from school if I'd been up all night writing a play — terrible as I'm sure my 8th grade plays were. When I was ten, she took me to the musical version of Two Gentlemen after it transferred to Broadway from Central Park because she thought it would be a good introduction to Shakespeare. It was. And I still listen to this outrageously funky first act finale to this day.
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.