Spotlight: Direction of biblical proportions

The cast list is up and preparations have started for Forbidden Planet Production’s “Children of Eden,” which opens in February of next year. Director Benjamin Pollack, a senior who will tackle the epic musical, gave Hatchet Arts a peek into why he chose this biblical experience to embark on.

Why did you choose this play

“Children of Eden” is an ensemble show and I wanted the opportunity to work with a lot of people. There are also a lot of opportunities to experiment with the concept, allowing actors to bring a lot to the table.

What are you most looking forward to in the rehearsal process

The rehearsal process itself is one of my favorite parts of working on a show. Watching people grow, learn and change throughout the process is a great experience.

Who or what inspires you

The people who I work with truly inspire me. They are all so good at what they do and we all push each other to be even better.

Greatest accomplishment, so far

Helping FPP get to where it is today and being a part of the many positive changes that have happened to student theatre in the past four years.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years

In LA, working at a television studio.

If you were unable to do your art anymore, what would you do

Crawl into a hole and die.

What is your hidden talent

I play five instruments.

What can always make you smile

Opening night of a show – seeing the show with an audience for the first time and seeing the cast and how they feel after performing in front of an audience for the first time.

Favorite quote from your show

“If no outer force will show you your course, you’ll have to look inside.”

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