Hi! My name is Nathan and I am the Assistant Director on Oedipus, El Rey at Boston Court Performing Arts Center.
In 2005, I saw the Luis Alfaro play Electricidad at the Mark Taper Forum. That production was absolutely thrilling and had an impact on me as an artist. I loved that play so much that I came back and watched it a second time, bringing my dad and uncle with me. Who knew that five years later, I would be working with Luis Alfaro on his newest play. It’s as if fate/destiny has led me to work with Luis (fate/destiny being a central concept in Oedipus; can you say “irony?!”)
The Theatre @ Boston Court is such a fun playground! Boston Court, to me, is like a Vampire (stick with me on this…) in that they sink their teeth into Art and drink of it’s blood, then they open their own vein a drip new life into it (in a sexy and theatrical way!) They are constantly reinventing the way we view and create theatre!
My experience, as Assistant Director, on Oedipus, El Rey has really been hands-on and collaborative. I do everything from taking notes for Jon [Director, Jon Lawrence Rivera], running lines with the actors, working different scenes, and more. I am most proud of the Oedipus research binder I created that has tons of research on everything within the world of the play, from the Aztec deities and Pico/Union culture to the mythological significance of owls. The actors and creative team use this as a reference guide during the rehearsal process. I am also responsible of preparing our understudy cast for performances. We have a full understudy cast and they are all awesome!
My favorite part of the process was having dramaturgical conversations with Luis, Jon and Jessica Kubzansky (Dramaturg and Co-Artistic Director) before rehearsals. I not only got the opportunity to see the development of the play right before my eyes, but I also got to have great conversations with LA’s most influential Theatre artists.
As I sit in Boston Court’s theater and write this, I reflect on how incredibly lucky I am to be working here with these wonderful people! I cannot wait for my next Boston Court adventure! I hope you all enjoy Oedipus, El Rey!