When director Jon Tracy first read the script for Terminus, Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe's dark and lyrical story which has its American premiere at the Magic Theatre, his biggest challenge was having little context for how to put together the tag-team monologues by the three unnamed characters.
Photo: Jennifer Reiley Carl Lumbly in the first American production of Mark O'Rowe's "Terminus" at Magic Theatre.
"I led with passion to figure it out and find the right group of people to spelunk through it," he says. "And it helped to have a nice dialogue with Mark by phone and email and that he was able to come to rehearsal for a few days."
O'Rowe had directed Terminus himself at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, but Tracy says the playwright was the opposite of controlling about his work.
"It wasn't intimidating because of the way Mark set up the conversation," Tracy says. "He said he'd directed the version he'd wanted to do, and he was much more interested in what someone else would do, and the only thing I could do wrong was try and replicate his. That was like instant freedom."
Photo: Jennifer Reiley Marissa Keltie, Carl Lumbly, and Stacy Ross in the first American production of Mark O'Rowe's "Terminus" at Magic Theatre.