July 16, 2015
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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
July 21 – August 16, 2015
Director and writer of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Randy Johnson, took some time out from rehearsal to answer a few questions for us.
1. How does it feel to return to directing here at The Pasadena Playhouse?
And welcome back! Being back at The Pasadena Playhouse is like being back at home. Sheldon Epps is one of my greatest advocates and one of my trusted advisors. Sheldon and The Playhouse have created and provided me with a safe and nurturing environment, in which to direct and create. I feel lucky to be part of The Playhouse family.
2. Tell us about your journey with Janis Joplin.
Clearly, my journey with Janis Joplin has been life changing. I set out to create something that would honor the legacy of someone who was one of my great influences. I came to not only respect and treasure the woman that is Janis Joplin, but also have a deep regard and affection for her brother, Michael and sister, Laura. The bond of support and trust that the four of us, (Janis included), forged in the creation of this musical is profound. That trust paved the way to share Janis’ story with the world. The success of my show has been a series of dreams coming true for so many. The rare combination of a theatre artists vision realized, getting the initial production mounted and then having it produced successfully across the country that led to my goal, let alone to every theatre artists goal of making it to Broadway. When I thougth things couldn’t get any better, I felt so blessed when finding out that the show I wrote and directed, creating a role, recieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. It is surreal and very real at the same time, and I am very grateful for that.
3. Is there a particular show that you could call your favorite (that you directed)?
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, of course – but all of them hold a special place for me as each show you direct leads you to the next great adventure.
4. What would you say to someone who wants to get into theatre?
If theatre is your dream, your ambition, your drive and you have no other choice to make but to live in the world of theatre, than you must go for it. Don’t do it to be famous, or to be rich or to win awards – do it because you simply have to. Living in the world of theatre is all about the work and nothing else. Dive deep into the imagination, join a theatre club, get into an acting school, take classes and see every piece of theatre and art that you can experience. Not just traditional fare – see everything that calls to your spirit. I highly encourage enrolling in a great school of theatre or repertory program and pursuing a degree. It will give you the foundation of discipline and awareness that will carry you through your life. A life in theatre is one of the greatest and most satisfying adventures one can pursue. Be an original, maintain your integrity, take risks, and never lose the wonder…
5. As a writer and director, what is one question that you never get tired of hearing?
What would you like to do next at our theatre?
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