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Lizzie Grossman


Interview Column: Clayre Benzadon

This week, justArts spoke with Clayre Benzadon ’17, who has been organizing a series of poetry coffeehouses in Cholmondeley’s coffeehouse. justArts: How did you become interested in poetry? Clayre Benzadon: I started seriously writing when I took a creative writing class in high school, and it was a very difficult class.

Interview Column: Lilly Hecht '18

This week, justArts spoke with Lilly Hecht ’18, director of the Tympanium Euphorium production “The Last Five Years.”  justArts: How did you choose to direct this show? Lilly Hecht: It was proposed, and I had been listening to it all summer before it was proposed, so I had been obsessed with it for a while.

Interview Column: Carly Chernomorets and Ben Astrachan

This week, justArts spoke with Carly Chernomorets and Ben Astrachan, director and assistant director of the Brandeis Players production “Dog Sees God.”  justArts: How did you come across the opportunity to direct the show? Carly Chernomorets: I think that Brandeis is starting to do a really good job of expanding its horizons and talking about underrepresented issues in the community, and I think that the show “Dog Sees God” kind of continues that trend, because we don’t see a ton of narrative of bullying or violence in response to bullying, especially at the college level.  I think it’s something that’s talked about a lot with younger people, but then they like to pretend that it just doesn’t exist after that.

Interview Column: Jacqui Parker

This week, JustArts spoke with Jacqui Parker, the director of Brandeis Theater Arts’ “Intimate Apparel,” which was staged in the Laurie Theater of Spingold and ran from March 3 through 6. justArts: How did you come across this opportunity to direct “Intimate Apparel?” Jacqui Parker: I was contacted by [Prof.] Robert Walsh (THA), one of the professors here, and he asked me if I wanted to do “Intimate Apparel.” I have read the play, I had been offered the play years ago as an actor, and then again as a director, but I was doing other projects and couldn’t do it, and so when he called, I just said, “Absolutely!” JA: What are some of the underlying themes of “Intimate Apparel”? What’s the gist of what the show is about? JP: So, if you think of it as — when you walk in there, you’ll see there are beds, almost in every room, and the metaphor, I guess, would be social intercourse — how people interact with each other, and I see it as being about longing. Longing and loneliness, and at the same time, it’s courageous, and it’s brave.

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