A Conversation with James Ijames

Mon, 06/24/2013

James Ijames answers a few questions on his new work, A Thousand Kinds of Silence, the last reading in our X-hibition series.

Name: James Ijames

Production: A Thousand Kinds of Silence

Career Highlights:

Superior Donuts with the Arden. Angels in America with the Wilma. PlayPenn in July. Wooohooo

Connections to Philadelphia:

I came to Philadelphia for graduate school and fell in love with the city.

What themes or topics draw you to this piece in particular?

History and how we view it. How we assume something is true.

What are you most excited for in tackling this piece?

I'm excited to hear it out loud again before I go back to doing more re-writes and development. I think this is going to be great.

What are some of your favorite quotes or line from the piece?

So many. I love the line: it's hard work opening folks eyes.

What do you think Exile audiences will gain from this production?

I hope the play will challenge them to re-think history, but also to not be afraid to argue with and laugh at history.

Why do you think Exile chose to do this work right now?

Oh I don't know.

Why should people come see this show?

Cause it's a great cast and you will laugh. It's funny and fun. I know slavery makes people think "oh this is gonna be a downer" but I promise you. It's not.

What’s the best part of your job?

I get to play! I love the playfulness of theatre. I love my job.

What thought runs through your mind after every performance?

Wine or beer?