Heidy M. over at the blog Hye's Musings was kind enough to sit down with me (electronically) for a Q+A about my brand new show LIFE LIST.
Her questions really got me thinking about the heart of this show, and the oddball ways that it pays tribute to my mother.
You can read the full post HERE, but I thought you might enjoy a taster:
HM: What is “magic realism” to you and how is it a part of Life List?
AE: “Magic Realism” is blending real things into unreal things, in a gradual way so that hopefully my audience is not sure when things stop actually being real. I want to build belief in the unreal things – to trick us into momentarily believing in something magical.
In Life List, when we are first looking for the White Robin it’s a very natural activity. We’re using binoculars and plotting the locations of birds. We’re noticing things that the local community has done to try to protect this bird. But as we go along, the audience tasks and the evidence of the bird gradually gets weirder – more abstract. There are quite a few little surprises along the way. And this is meant to parallel the way that the stories I’m telling get darker and more personal and less about birds and more about loss.