CP: What should audiences come away with after they've witnessed your Paris? What do they get to discover about you? Are your offering us a new language or a great dialogue?
ED: This Paris is the Paris of all the artists working on this show. A dialogue happened in the rehearsal room. Gilles and Violaine have been amazing allies. They are Parisians; they live there and brought their understanding about this history from a current French perspective. I have been challenged in my own identity, which is complex. Paris was the city where I lived but is now a memory, a city where I have friends, souvenirs of my adolescence. I haven't lived there for 8 years so I feel like my perspective could tend to be nostalgic and dated. What will come out is maybe typically American. It's a melting pot of personalities, nationalities, and realities. It's an experiment. So yes, I do hope it will create a new language and that organ lovers will appreciate the performance with the music and that the theater aficionados will embrace the organ music. I'd like them to recognize my attempt to do something I've never done before. I am not trying to create a historical drama or narrative but to celebrate 10 years of political social and cultural upheaval.
Remember Paris, Sat., April 16, 3 p.m., $19-$28, Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., 215-546-7432, pifa.org.