The Cast and Crew of Paper City Phoenix! #1

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We were very fortunate to speak with the director and the scenic designer for Paper City Phoenix. Read on to learn a bit about them and why you should see our newest show! RWillinghamTympanic: What’s your name and what is your role on Paper City Phoenix?

Rebecca: I’m Rebecca Willingham and I’m the director of Paper City Phoenix.

Tympanic: What drew you to become a director?

Rebecca: I became a director because I love stories and being the director means you get to be a storyteller but with lots of help from other smart and creative people.

Tympanic: What inspiration did you draw from for the design in Paper City Phoenix?

Rebecca: The design for Paper City Phoenix is based in the world of comic books. For example, Brenna creating her video and being struck by lighting was her origin story. Tower Girl, as she becomes known through her video, is her super hero identity. All of the other characters became fleshed-out versions of comic book archetypes. The conflict of the play came to life in a way that pitted the hand-drawn against the digital. This approach unlocked the play for me.

Tympanic: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Rebecca: I would love to be able to speak every language in the world! I think communication is fascinating and I love to travel.

Tympanic: How would you communicate with others if social media didn't exist?

Rebecca: I’m obsessed with cards and stationary (I’m incapable of passing a stationary store without going inside), so I would probably just send more cards than I already do!

Tympanic: Why should people see Paper City Phoenix?

Rebecca: It’s full of laughs, action, and heart! It’s a comic book on stage. It’s a completely unique theatrical experience!

 

GCTympanic: What drew you to become a scene designer?

Greg: I think it's my in with stories. I remember early on when reading books becoming engrossed in the world of the story because I would so vividly create images in my head, and I'd find myself daydreaming about them, filling in all the details the author didn't provide. Years later, all the right opportunities fell together at once, and I found out that physically creating the worlds I visualized in my head was pretty fun.

Tympanic: What inspiration did you draw from for the design in Paper City Phoenix?

Greg: Rebecca's exciting vision of evoking comic books could have led in a number of directions now that we have so many filmic styles to draw from, but we ultimately decided that the graphic nature of the printed page was best for this story. I looked at many classic comics, as well as the more complex styles of graphic novels (especially Frank Miller's Sin City) in order to find the right tools to use onstage. I wouldn't say I tried to emulate anything in particular, but rather grabbed onto the things in my research -- sometimes really small details -- that evoked the right feelings.

Tympanic: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Greg: Flying. How could you not want to always be able to get wherever you'd like, whenever you'd like??

Tympanic: How would you communicate with others if social media didn't exist?

Greg: I don't know how much communicating I do via social media to begin with, so I'll one up you and ask myself what I'd do if I had no technology. I think it could be great...I'd probably swing by pals' places often just to see if they were around and then maybe end up on some other adventure!

Tympanic: Why should people see Paper City Phoenix?

Greg: It asks all the best questions, makes you laugh at the same time, and is filled with great characters (and performances!) that you'll find yourself rooting for.

 

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Paper City Phoenix by Walt McGough directed by Rebecca Willingham

April 15tthrough May 8th Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.
The Alley Stage (4147 N. Broadway St.)

Get your tickets here!