"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
Rehearsal photo showing full cast and main hall of Polish Army Veterans Association of America (S.W.A.P.), Chicago, Illinois (2003)
"’Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land’ was a piece that began with my interest in a hostage crisis in Moscow in 2002, when a faction of Chechnyan separatists stormed a theater. (What particularly interested me about that event was that the musical playing in the theater was based on a love and adventure novel about polar aviation and the Russian arctic, and that it had aspirations of being a kind of Broadway spectacle ‘with a Russian soul’. I thought that was painful- that, in Russia where there’s a tradition of theater as spectacle, the aspiration would be toward a Broadway spectacle.)"
- Catherine Sullivan