100 Colorado Creatives: Betsy Tobin, Now or Never Theatre
#64: Betsy Tobin
Lucia Rich in Now or Never Theatre's METAPHOR, directed by Betsy Tobin.
Betsy Tobin's multidisciplinary theater works unfold unlike just about anything you've seen before, blending offbeat techniques with an old-world aura. With her Boulder-based Now or Never Theatre, she produces visually stunning pieces that incorporate puppets, live actors, dance, shadow theater and video in a sophisticated way. Some are for children, others very much for adults; they variously explore small worlds and spectacular ones, as in the case of Shadows & Journeys, a work from 2007-2008 that played out against an outdoor backdrop of rock canyon walls.
Tobin's newest work, METAPHOR, explores relationships, as she discusses below. She'll present it this weekend at the Dairy Center in Boulder; For more information, visit Now or Never Theatre online Nowornevertheatre.com.
Betsy Tobin as Athena in The Odyssey.
In advance of METAPHOR's premiere, we asked Tobin to answer our 100CC questionnaire. Read on to learn what makes her tick.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Betsy Tobin: Peter Brook, the amazing British director who worked for many years in France. When I first went to France to study theater, I saw his version of Carmen at a beautiful old amphitheater in Paris, les Bouffes du Nord. Now, that changed my life.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
President Obama, because of his integrity and how he keeps his calm in the face of all kinds of provocation.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Overuse of digitally generated video projections.
What's your day job?
Theater and teaching theater, and I teach a little French, too, mostly in combination with theater.
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