INSPIRATION ON WRITING PLAY
Teeth Of The Sons was inspired by my constant fascination with the delicate balance between the sacred and the profane. Being from a family that contains a mixture of religious scholars and dancing, singing, wine-toasting bards, I've always found that the truth to honest living lies in the grays between the two.
In my final year of undergrad, two of my acting classmates/friends became involved in a new religious life. One, joined a born again church, the other moved to Israel, seemingly over night, and adopted a new orthodox faith, outlook, and decorum (when visiting with one another, we could no longer hug due to our opposite sexes). Myself, a person of faith, who was just discovering the joys of bourbon, beatboxing, and all night revelry in the bars and brownstones of Brooklyn, I was forced to look at my friends who were seemingly moving into a life of dogma as I was moving away from one.
Several years later, my life has once again struck an inexplicable balance, this play meditates on the journey through those times.
- Joseph Sousa (Ensemble Member Since 2009)
photo: playwright Joseph Sousa watching rehearsal of bareNaked Reading Series presentation that featured Ensemble Members, Anna Chlumsky, Christopher Whalen, Jessica Langer and Will Allen.