iHo: Meet the company

My agent says to me when we’re thinking about jobs, ‘does this scare you?’ And if I say no, then she says ‘Oh, we’ll let that go then’ And this one scared me, so she said ‘Okay then, let’s move forward’. iHo, on one level, is in the great tradition of American family drama; Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams; dysfunctional families ripping each other to pieces. I think the richness of the play, apart from all of the political arguments and all of the intellectual debate… is the extraordinary understanding that this man Tony Kushner has about the human condition. I do think Tony Kushner is a present day American great. He’s a playwright people listen to now to get a sense of what’s going on in the world. I love the cast, and I’m really enjoying being in the room with Michael, he’s an extraordinary director, and there’s no place on Earth is happier for me than being in a rehearsal room, really grappling with something. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s quite open. The action never stops, and it kind of flows one scene to another, which is our way of capturing the filmic nature of the writing, that you can move from location to location. I’m loving being in the rehearsal room, it’s a fantastic company of actors. And Michael, he invites you in to participate, and to discover, with him. The insane ambition of the play that is announced in its title – a crazy ambition to tackle life’s injustices and argue them out. What is the meaning of life and the universe? Let’s hammer that out. A terrific bunch of actors, and a really smart, capable, insightful director. It feels great, it makes me very, very happy.

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