Magazine article Variety

I'm Interested Lately in ... Trusting the Audience More

Magazine article Variety

I'm Interested Lately in ... Trusting the Audience More

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Actor-turned-director Joe Mantello is among New York's most regularly employed stage directors, but even so, things are unusually busy for him this spring. His critically lauded staging of Stephen Karam's "The Humans" began previews Jan. 24, and 12 days later, his starry production of David Harrower's "Blackbird," starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, kicked off performances. Factor in "Wicked," the 2003 global smash he also helmed, and he's got three shows running on Broadway at once, cordon cox

You directed "Blackbird" Off Broadway in 2007, also with Daniels In the cast. What brought you back to it?

It was a play I felt like I had unfinished business with. But it's been eight or nine years. Michelle wanted to be assured it wouldn't be just a straightforward re-creation of what we'd done, and I said. "I can honestly tell you. I have no idea what we did. …

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