Today, the interview wraps up with a chat about his experiences in creating a new version of such a notorious theatre piece. He also talks about working with director Stafford Arima and star of the show, Marin Mazzie.
DK: I think so! The visual set of our show may look dark and run-down, showing the remains and fragments of the demolished gym after Carrie’s destruction, but Sven Ortel’s amazing projections and Kevin Adams’ lighting design transform the dark stage into this vivid and imaginative image of Sue’s memory. Even though some of the coming audiences want to see the blood and guts of Carrie, I feel that they won’t be disappointed with our more artistic take.
|Carrie goes to the Prom: Derek Klena and Molly Ranson|
JK: Tell us about your character, Tommy Ross. How does he fit into Carrie’s story?
DK: Tommy Ross starts as the stereotypical high school jock with a sports scholarship, but he later reveals that he has a hidden love for writing and poetry when he asks his girlfriend, Sue Snell, if he should put the “whole sports thing aside and see if (he’s) got what it takes to be a writer.” This hidden aspiration of his is what connects him to Carrie. She also has these hidden desires that are hindered by everyone else’s negative depiction of her.
JK: I saw a video of a great new duet, “You Shine” written for this new version of Carrie and sung by you and Christy Altomare (who I loved in Spring Awakening’s tour!). How is it to be making your debut in such a famous show AND getting to debut a brand new song in the show, and written by Oscar winners? You must pinch yourself every day!
(Rehearsal video from Playbill Online. "You Shine" - music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based upon the novel by Stephen King)
|Derek at a concert reading of a new musical|
|Derek Klena has worked extensively regionally, including|
as Prince Charming in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
with TV and Broadway star, Sally Struthers
MCC Theater's production of Carrie continues at the Lucille Lortel Theatre through April 22.
(Photos from UCLA.edu, MCC Theater, Getty Images. Video the property of Playbill Online, MCC Theater and the producers and creative team of Carrie. Video used for illustrative purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.)
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