Why do audiences resist stories told unconventionally? During intermission of Friday night’s performance of Appropriate, HumanaFest guest director Lila Neugebauer (O Guru Guru Guru) offered her perspective on what the visual arts have done right–and what theatre artists can learn from it.
WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: American theatre hasn’t done a great job in helping audiences navigate new storytelling forms. “Formal experimentation” and “non-traditional structures and styles” have posed “a greater challenge” to audiences than controversial content. Our job is to “make the argument” that some degree of “frustration” or “discomfort” might be rewarding for audiences. And then take them on a ride to remember.