Cailín Heffernan is one of the bravest directors working in New York City today. She currently serves as Boomerang’s Associate Artistic Director for Repertory, and is directing our current production of CYMBELINE (running thru July 19th). She’s previously directed numerous productions and readings for Boomerang, including last summer’s LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST and 2013’s TO FOOL THE EYE. She answered a few random questions for us while gearing up for the final four performances of CYMBELINE…
Full Name: Cailín Heffernan
Home town: Galveston Island, Texas
How many Boomerang shows have you done? 10 full productions
Tell us a little about directing and your approach to a classic play: It varies from project to project, but essentially after a comprehensive explication of the text, I endeavor to distill the play into its essence. Once I have a handle on that, I am consumed with creating that essence into a world of its own; in time, in place, in style, and through music, dialect and movement.
What is your favorite thing about working on Cymbeline? This cast has been an utter delight. They are fearless, collaborative and enthusiastic. Without their complete support and faith, none of the elements of this production (from the rock n roll to the Kabuki elements to the hand to hand combat to the dialectical circus) would have succeeded – and they have surpassed my wildest dream.
What’s your favorite place in New York City? Lincoln Center.
In keeping with the spirit of economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:
Ballet, Married, Theatre, Travel – Living Large.