WTP: Law of the Land writer, Bob DeRosa lays it down--"White men slashing the rights of women, the LGBTQIA community, people of color, and immigrants just drives me crazy. We're all equal, we're all in this together. Why is that so hard for some people to understand?" WTP: What brought you to the theatre?
BD: As an aspiring screenwriter, I was drawn to the immediacy of theater. You didn't need a lot of money to do it...just some collaborators and an empty space. I cut my theater-teeth in the Orlando Fringe, which back in the 90's was performed in abandoned storefronts. To this day, some of the best theater I've ever been a part of or seen was in some old storefront with folding chairs that was barely up to code. I still feel like a big stage with a set is a luxury.
WTP: Where do you think the artists voice is in today's politics?
BD: It's more important than ever. I used to think that the arts were meant to distract us and soothe us from the difficulties of life. But now I see that it's the artist's job to challenge us, open our eyes, and rally us to not just sleepwalk through life but to really live it.
WTP: What political issue in our society do you believe needs the most attention?
BD: Gerrymandering and voter suppression top the list for me. The promise of our country is we all have a voice and that our vote counts. When politicians scheme to make our votes invalid, that's an attack on who we are.
WTP: Is there a theatre company today that you see doing good work in the community? Who are they and what do they do?
BD: As a member of Sacred Fools, I'm biased, of course. I'm proud of what we've built and think our best work is yet to come. I also love Loft Ensemble, a younger company that is doing some vibrant, rowdy stuff that is always overflowing with passion and enthusiasm.
WTP: What social issue in our society do you believe needs the most attention?
BD: White men slashing the rights of women, the LGBTQIA community, people of color, and immigrants just drives me crazy. We're all equal, we're all in this together. Why is that so hard for some people to understand?
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