Hello everyone. Its Colin blogging again on this Odyssey Scholars page.
In this entry I am going to talk about Ezra Colon and the interview that I had with him a few months ago. Ezra is one of the greatest directors I know and one of my closest friends. He has a great vision for theatre, and has a great eye for doing something completely different in a production, so I decided to interview him. I first approached Ezra at a brewery that I went to with my parents for a fake prom. The prom was organized by the people with whom Ezra works, The Duke City Repertory Theater, and he was there with the rest of the company. It was not until the end of the night that I approached Ezra, however, because he was talking to his friends and I did not want to interrupt him. Frankly, I was a little scared as well. When I did get a chance to interview him I approached him with the question of "How can I do this differently?" He answered with the response, "How would you do it differently?" That got me thinking, "Well, how would I do this differently?" I did not know. I had no clue. So Ezra asked me, "What was the thing that sparked your interest into this project. Not the theatre thing because I know what sparked that, but what sparked the whole autism idea?" I have already told this story to Ezra and now I will tell it to you.
One night I was performing in a choir concert on a Wednesday night. I was singing a solo: Ave Maria. Before the concert had commenced, I looked out into the audience. I saw that there was a teen with some sort of disability who was in a wheelchair. Right before I could ask him a question, I was called to places, and I had to go on stage. The choir's last song had just finished and I was just about to go up to the solo microphone. My choir director announced my name and the song that I would be singing that night. The music started and the song had begun. During the middle of my song, I heard a cry pierce the silence of the audience. I did not know who it was at the time and so I thought at the time that It was very rude. However, when the concert had finished, I went up to the young man and asked him if he liked the performance. The same sound came shooting out of his mouth. This sparked an interest in my head about the affect on performing arts on disabilities and, more specifically, autism.
"It is my belief that my singing helped this young man in more ways than can be accounted for", I told Ezra. He responded to me with something that I will use throughout this project, and will never forget. "Well, then you have your project, now make it." These words, like Casey Barrett's (the Broadway actor I met in New York), will carry with me not only throughout this process of making my play, but throughout the rest of my life.
Be sure to keep following this blog to follow my progress!