"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
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