From the Author:
I wanted to do a real “2K” update of Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen (La Ronde). Most of the productions that existed at the time were very strict adaptations, for the most part mimicking Schnitzler’s masterpiece beat for beat, preoccupied with class as the play’s driving progression like the original, told from a straight white male POV and in one particularly successful case, featuring the reveal of Nicole Kidman’s bare ass. So I felt that there was room to create more of a riff on the piece, to reflect the full spectrum of human sexuality and 21st century sexual practices and instead of replicating the class issues, to infuse the sexually linked daisy chain story with what I tend to explore in my theatrical work—intimacy, power and human connection.
One of my favorite things about the production we did was that, while it contained absolutely no nudity, audience members who saw the show walked away swearing that the actors were naked. I have always maintained that while the play is built around sex, that’s not what it’s about. Late in our run, a couple came to the show on the verge of divorce. Apparently, the last two scenes inspired them to start talking to each other again, and saved their marriage. Not bad.
We assembled a truly extraordinary group of people to put on this show, which was lucky, since we ended up working on it together for almost two years. It was a true theatre family, which miraculously was able to keep the drama on-stage. During the time we were working on the show, there were huge life changes that occurred in the company personally—marriages, divorces, new relationships, new babies. I can’t think of a more harmonious and supportive artistic team that I’ve been a part of before or since.