NORA: Marianne Dwight, but I ain't no gossip! Definitely identify more with Hawthorne and Emerson.
BEN: Marianne Dwight
Where did you grow up?
NORA: Stonington, CT mostly, and lived in NYC for a brief stint.
What's your favorite season?
NORA: Impossible. If I were forced to walk the plank--man, summer. Fall. The moment between. Summer is freedom and swimming. Fall is so romantic. To hell with this question.
BEN: Fall. No question.
What's the main thing you think of doing when a snow storm is about to hit? Or during a snow storm?
NORA: Playing outside and eating bowls of snow with real maple syrup.
BEN: Sledding. Or getting a sled.
Snowstorm beverage of choice?
NORA: Hot chocolate with whipped cream
BEN: Swiss Miss
Have you ever thought about living in an intentional community, or something like that?
NORA: Hell yeah, let's resurrect the Chelsea Hotel* and build a performing arts center and recording studio inside. And on the roof we'll have a garden and pool. And we'll have a second community in the country for creative retreats. Dream Machine. Intergenerational. Patrons welcome.
BEN: No but now that I am thinking about it I'm sure I would get completely lost in one if I did.
Do you ever think of leaving? If so, where to?
NORA: I think about traveling with a company that creates pieces of dance music theatre and tours international festivals, releasing films and albums.
What were your parents doing in the 70s?
NORA: They had moved from Allentown, PA to Hartford, CT. My mother was teaching art to unwed mothers and students at a psychiatric facility, and my father was working in furniture design and helping his family manage rental buildings.
BEN: My dad was working in construction in Abu Dhabi and my mom was living in Seattle in the house I would eventually grow up in.
We're so happy to be working with these two talents on the upcoming run of Old Paper Houses at the Irondale Center (2/27-3/14)! These two Marianne Dwights seem to be pretty excited, too:
NORA: I enjoy working in a creative space with my friends, and learning more about the history surrounding this work. I really like the improvisational exercises and the collaborative nature of the script development. And I love me some fiddle practice!
BEN: I wish we could actually move to rural New England and have a go at our own little farming community. I really do. Not forever, but for at least a few months. I know we stage exactly how and why this wouldn't work out, but I still don't believe it. I think we could do a little better, right? Right. Which is another way of saying I like and trust everyone a lot.
*The Chelsea Hotel, incidentally, was based on Charles Fourier's designs for phalansteries, or sorta dormitory-like buildings to be used on the hypothetical commune....Although Fourier wrote half a century earlier than the formation of Brook Farm, Fourierism became more popular in America after his death. Not everyone at Brook Farm agreed about his vision, but George Ripley, the founder of Brook Farm, grew increasingly interested in the absurdly mathematical formulations of Fourier's vision for a better future. A sensational thing about Fourier that everyone loves to point out: he said the sea would turn into a lemonade. Yeah, but he also said a lot of other more reasonable sounding things, and also even MORE things that might be reasonable or not, but they're so excessively quantified you couldn't even bother to pay attention enough to figure it out, AM I RIGHT??**
** you might be better off reading about Fourierism yourself.***