Five Star Arts brings you a series of
brief discussions with members of the
independent theatre community prior to the
openings of their works this fall. Here is
appearing in FORT DICKS the MUSICAL.
Tell us about yourself as an artist.
I am a free thinker and I love the arts all around. I love to explore different modalities of self-expression such as theater, dance, song writing, producing and directing. As an artist I just like to speak my truth and move others. I believe in being transparent and real. I love to express myself in many ways and I encourage others to tap into their creativity. You can follow me on IG @sunflowerduran
Tell us about your role in FORT DICKS
I play four roles in Fort Dicks and my favorite role is the role of nurse Rosita. I love it because I get to express my femininity in a fun way. This play is important to me because my brother served 12 years in prison and the system is very cruel and corrupt. The history of corruption and mistreatment in prison has been extensive and people have been silent for too long.
Share with us your thoughts on independent theater. What is its significance to the skyline of entertainment in NYC?
Theater is a safe place to explore ideas for change and to bring to light injustices in our governing systems. The theater is a place of healing and love where we can share our human experiences through art. The theater is where our hearts grow with every performance. As thespians we move the souls of those in pain and let them know they don’t stand alone.
FORT DICKS, A NEW MUSICAL
Friday and Saturday November 9 & 10; 16 & 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees: November 11 & 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
American Theatre of Actors, 314 W 54th St, NYC
Jail time never was this much fun! Based a true story, Jeffrey Milstein, a prolific author both in NYC and regionally, “lampooning to the tooning of Brooks, Reiner, and Simon” in telling the story of a low-level prison in the famed military installation … and then sets the whole things to music! The dark social commentary is played like a Marx Brothers movie complete with sight-gags and prat falls. And just like any old movie musical – Marx Brothers notwithstanding – it has a cast of thousands. “I draw inspiration and patterns in my work from the comedic geniuses of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner. It’s their kind of ‘laugh till you think’ philosophy that I put into my work,” says the ambitious, actor/producer/director/playwright.