By Matthew Blank
12 Jun 2012
Timbers is a Tony-nominated writer-director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards.
Credits include The Pee-wee Herman Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant, Gutenberg! The Musical! and Hell House.
Alex was president of the Yale Dramat and is the artistic director of downtown company Les Freres Corbusier.
|Full given name:||
Alexander Carvelas Timbers |
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||New York City|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Singing. Dancing. Which keeps me in constant, wide-eyed awe of the performers I get to work with.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Cats|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?||
In high school and college, I loved reading about directors
like Oskar Eustis, Michael Greif, Des McAnuff and Robert LePage. |
Both their views on theater’s potential and their eclecticism really inspired me and continue to do so today.
|Current show you have been recommending to friends:||One Man, Two Guvnors|
|Some favorite musicals:||Robber Bridegroom, How to Succeed, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Merrily We Roll Along, In Trousers, Tommy|
|Some favorite modern plays:||Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, Christopher Durang’s Titanic, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, Arthur Kopit’s Indians|
|Some favorite modern playwrights:||Chuck Mee, Steven Levenson, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Carly Mensh, Zayd Dohrn, J.T. Rogers|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:“||“From this Moment On” from Cole Porter’s Out of this World|
|Favorite directors of all time, stage or screen:||Mike Nichols, Jack O’Brien, Annie Kauffman, Ken Russell, Baz Luhrmann, Michael Greif, David Herskovits|
|Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to have worked with:||Peter Sellers|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||Ivo Van Hove’s Hedda Gabler at NYTW. The distillation of both the character choices and design elements to their essential qualities felt so smart and fresh to me.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||“With a Good Criminal Heart” by The World / Inferno Friendship Society|
|Last book you read:||"The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl"|
|Must-see TV show(s):||I’m a huge "Eastbound and Down" fan. Danny McBride as Kenny Powers is one of my all-time favorite comic performances.|
|Last good movie you saw:||"Hanna"|
|Some films you consider classics:||
"They Shoot Horses Don’t They"|
The original "Rollerball"
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