The enormously talented Frank Britton is not only beloved for his artistry, he is embraced by our entire theatre community for his pure heart.
This week, we had the privilege of speaking with Frank Britton, one of the 11 brilliant artists working on our Commission of Solo Work project. Each of these artists is creating a brand-new, unique solo piece, and we're looking forward to sharing these pieces with you in the months to come!
You can read the interview below, or learn more about all of the artists at www.1ststage.org!
MEET FRANK BRITTON!
QUESTION: Please tell us a little bit about your project!
BRITTON: It’s mainly a piece about love, not in the romantic sense, but in the basic human sense. A violent street assault I suffered in 2014 and my work for the past 19 years as a professional actor and artist are what inspired me to create this piece, and my goal is to find my personal connection between these two parts of my life, how they relate, and then how our need, receiving, and acceptance of love is ultimately a universal thing in that we all connect.
QUESTION: Please tell us about one other solo artist whose work you admire!
BRITTON: I have several: Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway), Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles 1992), Hal Holbrook (Mark Twain Tonight!), Roger Guenveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story). I’ve never worked with any of them, but I did see Mr. Smith live onstage several years ago in his solo show Rodney King, which was an amazing experience. And although she’s not a solo artist, another wonderfully inspiring and amazing experience was seeing Vanessa Redgrave as Joan Didion in the solo play The Year Of Magical Thinking on Broadway back in 2007.
QUESTION: During the last several months of the pandemic, to which art have you turned for comfort?
BRITTON: I honestly don’t have a particular form of art I’ve turned to; I receive them and the artists all as forms of inspiration and comfort. It’s also been comforting and inspiring seeing the work of my friends who are fellow artists in the now Zoom theatre/filmed and streamed theatre age. I love it all.