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Set Yet in Motion: 10 Things To Know About The Show Before You Go (2016 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 15, 2016

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Ten Questions. Ten Answers. And one Big Surprise in the audience …


Set Yet in Motion 

Set Yet in Motion presents ancient Greeks who must contend with the Judeo-Christian God. Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche address the intellectual and romantic tension between them. Also, there’s onstage sex!* (*Verbal, metaphorical. Some would say that’s the sexiest kind of sex.) A good time will be had by philosophers, artists, and geeks from all walks of life.

Show  Info:

  • Thu Feb 18, 2016 | 10:30PM
  • Sat Feb 20, 2016 | 2:10PM
  • Mon Feb 22, 2016 | 10:30PM
  • Sat Feb 27, 2016 | 5:30PM
  • Fri Mar 04, 2016 | 8:50PM

UNDER St. Marks New York, NY $15/$18

Answers by Michael Bordwell

1. Forget the PR version. When you’re talking to your friends, how do you explain this show to them?
Michael: God sends the great philosophers to kill Greek gods. That says it all. Plus there’s sex, drugs and…well…

2. Here’s a scenario: After the show some audience members go have a drink.  What’s the part of the show you hope they’re discussing?
Michael: What happens in the woods…stays in the woods ;)

3. What drives your show – character, theme or plot?
Michael: All of the above. At first reading, I would have said the plot – but – given the amazing work the actors have done, their characters add an amazing level to drive the show with the plot.

4. In rehearsals, read-thrus, or prior incarnations, what’s the one thing someone said about the show so far that made you (or the team) the most proud?
Michael: “This is so much fun. I haven’t done theatre in three years and I am thrilled THIS is what I am returning in.” – said by one of the performers.

5. If money and resources (and even reality) were no object what is the most lavish, luxurious, pointless prop, costume, effect – anything – that you would spend money on for this show?
Michael: Hover chair, an elaborate, real woods set complete with hacksawed tree trunks, and Greg Nicotero to design ALL my special effects.

6. What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to regarding the FRIGID Festival itself?
Michael: Probably seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while. That’s what’s great festivals like this – they’re the best homecoming parties/reunions with people you actually want to catch up with after 10+ years.

7. Is there a scene, a moment, a gesture … anything at all in the show that you anticipate may get a completely different reaction depending on the audience that night?
Michael: Friedrich Nietzsche…that is all.

8. What’s your favorite line from the show?
Michael: My favorite line, without spoiling the plot… “I bumped into Jesus and he gave me booze.”

9. What’s the last thing you usually do before the beginning of a show?
Michael: Ummm….take my seat. :)

10. You scan the audience and you see a face that stops you dead in your tracks – who is it? And why are you shocked?
Michael: My boss…how did they find out about this…hope I keep my day job.

Well, here’s hoping your boss isn’t reading this … but trust me, I won’t tell!  Still, I bet no matter who that person is, they’d be really excited to see this show, and really impress with what you do in your “other” life.

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Michael!

The rest of you – don’t forget to check out Set Yet in Motion 



Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 10th Annual FRIGID New York Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 16-March 6. All shows run 60 minutes, or less. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at  


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