La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions: Claire Buckingham

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

6 Questions: Claire Buckingham

We continue our 6 Questions series with the cast of John Jesurun & Takeshi Kawamura's Distant Observer:Tokyo/New York Correspondence. Actress Claire Buckingham took time our from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  You can read them below and get your tickets to Distant Observer which plays The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa from March 16 - April 1, 2018.

1. Who do you play in Distant Observer?
That's actually a more complicated question than you would think. I guess the simplest answer is I am the Sister of the Murdered Girlfriend.

2. What made you want to be a part of this project?
I will always jump at a chance to work with John. The musicality of his text is such an enticing challenge as an actor. You just step in and it runs away with you. It's a thrill. When I heard he and Kawamura were collaborating, I could not pass up this opportunity. I had the privilege of being in a reading of one of Kawamura's works a few years ago, and I remember being absolutely enamored with the world he created. I couldn't miss the chance to see what they had created together.

3. What is your favorite part of (or favorite line from) the show?
"You mean I'm just saying things and I don't know why?"

4. What is the last good book you read (or film or theater piece or museum exhibit you saw)?
The last show I saw was actually Mac Wellman's A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds at Next Door at NYTW, starring our talented cast member Anastasia Olowin. Man, what a trip. You felt yourself losing the line between the language and the music. 

5. Who inspires you?
My husband. It's gross, but it's really true. He reminds me why we do this whole creative thing. He reminds me to be brave. And he reminds me that it's all supposed to be fun.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
It's amazing to feel so supported in a piece like this. La MaMa feels like being welcomed into an incredibly nurturing community. It's such a special place.


La MaMa presents

Distant Observer: 

Tokyo/New York Correspondence

Written and Conceived by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun
Translation by Aya Ogawa

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures.

Anastasia Olowin | Kotoba Dan | Claire Buckingham | Kyle Griffiths | Samuel Im

March 16, 2018 - April 1, 2018

The Ellen Stewart Theatre 
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; La MaMa's 10 @ $10 tickets available for all performances, while supplies last

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE