Review Fix chats with Joe Breen, who discusses his production at this year’s Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City, detailing the creative process and letting us know what to expect.
About ‘All My Love, Kate’
7/10 8 pm, 7/14 8:30 pm, 7/15 3 pm (95′) World Premiere
For years, Jack and Danny have lived quietly and privately, keeping their life together separate from the world outside their door. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the couple finds themselves separated by an ocean, a war, and a world that would rather pretend they didn’t exist. What does it mean to be a patriot? When you have to sign your love letters with someone else’s name, how do you fight for your country? A love story told across miles, memories, and dreams.
Review Fix: What was the inspiration for this project?
Joe Breen: I read an incredible book by Allen Berube, called, “Coming Out Under Fire: the History of Gay Men and Women in WW2”. The idea of someone having to, not only hide their true-self, but create a fictitious self to share with the people that they’re living, fighting, and dying beside—it really spoke to me. It moved me.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Breen: It really does change with each project. The writing of “All My Love, Kate” involved a lot of swing music, late-nights, red wine, and pacing.
Review Fix: What makes this different or special?
Breen: Not only is this “Kate’s” very first production, but it is also my Directorial debut. The director I had been working with was unavailable for the summer, and rather than discuss finding someone new to bring in, I decided to just jump in and tackle it myself! And it has absolutely been an incredible experience.
Review Fix: What did you learn about yourself through this process?
Breen: That I too often underestimate myself…. I’m someone who sort of lives in that self-denigrating, “I don’t know what I’m doing/ everyone is judging me/ this will probably be an abject failure”, sort of place. But I’ve been leaving rehearsal every night thinking—“Huh. I’m doing it.”
Review Fix: What are your ultimate goals for this production and for the future?
Breen: Ultimately I just want to find a home for these characters. A theatre that loves them, and believes in their story. Somewhere that wants to help them thrive.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Breen: I’m currently working on a new play, something very different than anything I’ve written before…. But still with a little 1930s class thrown in.