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Carrie Klewin, Director of “Next Train to Nowhere” and “Switch”

February 11, 2011

Carrie will direct two plays that will be presented as full productions at the Lyceum Theatre April 1-10, 2011 in our new play festival.  One of the new plays is Switch, from Playwrights Project’s Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth program.


How did you first become involved with theatre production?

I played the Mad Hatter in elementary school, then I was a Mime in junior high.  Somehow, I was directing full length musicals by the time I graduated college.

Do you have a favorite production you’ve worked on?

The Pirates of Penzance is very dear to me, I have directed it several times and it always makes me laugh.   I have also devised a couple of pieces which I am rather fond of.

What is the message you hope the audience takes away with them? 

The message seems to always be a variation on the need for human connection, so I hope that people feel connected.

How does the director add to the play/help make it even better?  Is there a specific method/element you focus on? 

Collaboration makes a play better, so I focus on collaborating.  Beyond that, just good old-fashioned storytelling.

What is your favorite play or book? 

I love Peter Brook’s books.  But if I have to pick just one book, it would be Ann Bogart’s “And Then You Act.”  I’ve been carrying it around with me for years.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

Smarter, wiser, and independently wealthy.  Or a lion tamer.


Next Train to Nowhere will be performed Saturday April 2 at 7:30 PM, Friday April 8 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 9 at 2:00 PM. 

Switch will be performed Sunday April 3 at 7:30 PM, Saturday April 9 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday April 10 at 2:00 PM. 

All performances are at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.  Tickets are $12-$50; more information at

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