Over fifty ferociously imaginative emerging artists are working together to bring our world premiere of Folk Wandering roaring into reality. Throughout the run of the show (until March 25!), we’ll be sharing interviews with each of these artists. These conversations will bring you inside this show’s very unique process of creation, and bring you a bit closer to this brilliant and wild group of emerging artists. Today, we are pleased to bring you a spotlight on props designer Emmie Finckel.
Read the full interview below and get your tickets to performances February 23 – March 25 today!
Pipeline Theatre Company: What first attracted you to Folk Wandering? What made you want to work on this project?
Emmie Finckel: I love that the show asks more questions than it provides answers. It doesn’t attempt to tie everything up in a nice neat bow at the end – but still takes care of the audience and encourages a spirit of community and togetherness.
PTC: What first attracted you to props?
EF: My grandparents were antique collectors and used to run a small antiques shop on their property in Bennington, VT. My grandfather died before I was born – so the shop was long defunct by the time I was old enough to care about it – but some of my earliest memories are of rummaging around all of the leftover stuff in the shop whenever I visited my grandma, admiring these strange and fascinating objects, wondering what histories they might hold. When she died – I took more stuff out of her house than anyone (which now all lives in my parents attic and will most likely end up on the Folk Wandering set…). Whether I’m designing scenery or props – I’m fascinated by the infinite histories and stories contained in physical spaces and objects, and love figuring out how to harness those qualities to tell new stories.
PTC: What aspect of the Folk Wandering story do you most relate to?
EF: Searching for meaning in an overwhelming amount of visual information!
PTC: If you were to write a tagline for Folk Wandering, what would it be?
EF: Americana: The Musical!
PTC: What big dreams have you been chasing recently (or would you like to chase)?
EF: Balance. In all senses of the word.
PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:
EF: I can’t stand peanut butter. I have a tail. My favorite color is green.