Human 2.0/DEINDE Artist Profile – David Ian Lee

This interview series will focus on the artists of DEINDE and ForePlay Human 2.0, asking them to riff on the themes and question of the plays.

David Ian Lee is playing Cooper Sands in DEINDE, and writing a play about the evolution of our sense of time for the April 2nd ForePlay. For Flux, he most recently Assistant Directed Ajax in Iraq, and is one of those rare artists equally gifted as an actor, director and playwright.

What crazy invention are you most looking forward to in the future?
Skynet. I’m all for keeping things lively.

In 2051, theatre will be ________.
Spelled differently.

If you could evolve one of your own senses, which would it be, and why?
Which is the one that helps you win at Blackjack? That one.

For the human race to evolve, it will need to_____.
Embrace curiosity and forego superstition.

A time-travelling-you from the future suddenly appears with something important to tell present-you. What do they have to say?
Wear sunscreen.

Will the future be more like Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, or the Jetsons?
Allow me to disabuse you of the notion that Star Wars is intended to reflect a proposed future, as George Lucas’ space saga is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

If you had the opportunity to think and feel directly into a computer, would you take it?
No, thanks. I prefer to screw things up manually.

What do you have coming up in the near future that you want our readers to know about it?
My son is turning 2 on April 19th. And that is awesome.

David Ian Lee Assistant Directed Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Ajax in Iraq and has contributed to many past ForePlays and Flux Sundays. As a playwright, works include The Latchkey Pool, The Delaware Codicil, Liberty & Joe DiMaggio, The Curing Room and Sleeper (available from Indie Theatre Now and New York Theatre Review). As an actor, he has performed internationally and with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Utah Shakespeare, Milwaukee Rep., etcetera… Most recently, David served as Assistant Director with The Pearl Theatre Company. A graduate of the William Esper Studio, David soon enters the MFA in directing program at Illinois State University, leaving New York with his partner, his son, fond memories, and few regrets.

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