The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television welcomes Inés Braun as the guest director of Living Dead in Denmark, the latest production from Arizona Repertory Theatre.
Braun, a stage and film director from Buenos Aires, moved to the U.S. to study theater at Columbia University and received her MFA in Directing in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked in New York as a director and writer for both theater and film, and was selected as a finalist for Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2021 Breakout Award. A few of her NYC theater credits include Roundabout (Rattlestick Theater), Classic Six (Powerstories: Voices of Truth Festival), Sing, Goddess! and Closing Night (HERE Arts Center), The Russian and the Jew (The Tank), Dumpster Fire (SheNYC Theater Festival), The Time of Your Life (Hunter College), Alkestis (Connelly Theater), Trial by Fire and Eurydice (Columbia Stages). Her film credits (as writer and director) include Ocean Mother, The Silence, La Ronda, Bajo Figuras, and Melancholy: an homage to Sarah Ruhl. Learn more at her website.
Braun recently joined actors Emma Sage (Ophelia), Brennen Halsey (Hamlet), and Alex Simpson (Fortinbras) for an interview about Living Dead in Denmark with Arizona Spotlight’s Mark McLemore broadcast on NPR 89.1FM.
Inés Braun: “I think one of my favorite lines is from Ophelia, who says to Horatio, ‘Well if I’m going to die a second time I really want to die fighting.’ I don’t know if I’m quoting it exactly but for me that encompasses the full message of the play. She died by drowning, which is, as she says, the worst way of dying, so if she’s going to die again she’s going to do it through fighting. She’s going to be bold, she’s going to be courageous. I feel that that’s what resonated when I read the play – this idea of characters having a second time and becoming the protagonist of their own lives.”
Emma Sage: “Yeah, I think as humans we really get stuck in who we are and we think that just because we’ve been a certain way for a long time that we have to continue that. I don’t think that’s true; I think that you could wake up tomorrow and decide to change your life if you really wanted to. I think this show really shows that you can be whoever you want to be.”
Living Dead in Denmark runs March 3 through 20, live onstage at the Tornabene Theatre.Listen to the Arizona Spotlight Interview
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