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“The Frog Prince” an interview with Matthew Soraci, Lower Depth’s Board Chair

Find out what our Board Chair’s, Matthew Soraci, favorite memory is from the theatre…

 

What does it mean for Lower Depth to be a “social change activator”?

“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” Malcolm Gladwell from THE TIPPING POINT

Artists are mouthpieces and the theatre is one of their most important and powerful messaging agents. Lower Depth has the clear vision to ask the tough questions, to lead by example, to engage its audience, to be a local community social change activator. We know we have the power to make a difference, to invoke the necessary and appropriate social change. It is our responsibility and we embrace the challenge.

 

What inspired you to take on the awesome job of being Board President of the rapidly growing Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble?

Quite simply, I am inspired by the work. The dedication and drive, the work, of the founding members to create and build a theatre company that embraces the multi-cultural experience. I am humbled and honored to serve as Board President as we take the next and necessary steps in our evolution as a global story telling institution. We are needed now more than ever.

 

Which play (reading or production) are you looking forward to seeing in the 2017 season?

The Breaking Ground workshop. Process is very important to me in just about all aspects of my life and the intensity of the process during this week-long workshop will be awesome to observe. New play development is an important aspect of our mission and the Breaking Ground workshop allows the playwright to explore and play with actors over the course of several days in a nurturing yet intense work space. Process at its best!

 

What is your favorite memory involving the theatre?

Outside of my Tony-worthy-performance as the lead amphibian in my 6th grade class production of The Frog Prince, my favorite theatre memory is a bit unusual. It occurred at a production at one of the excellent professional theatres in the great city of Chicago. Midway through the 2nd act – of what was a seemingly smooth production – the entire cast suddenly froze for a second and the father character (it was a large cast family drama) abruptly announced that the production needed to stop and the actors then exited stage left in an orderly single file line. A few seconds later the house manager announced over the PA that 1 of the cast members (the lead!) was too sick to continue and the performance would proceed with the understudy in 15 minutes. 15 minutes later the cast calmly walked back on stage and started the previous scene from the beginning with the understudy and it was amazing! The understudy came on cold and nailed it. The supporting cast nailed it. My words do not give the experience the justice it deserves. It was truly a magical one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

What is your favorite theatre or arts-related memory?  Please share.

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