Front Row Reviewers

Jan 11, 2024 | Reviews

Unveiling the Intriguing World of Reborning with Director McKell Rae

Front Row Reviewers

Front Row Reviewers

Hey there, theatre enthusiasts! Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with the talented McKell Rae, the director of the upcoming show Reborning by Zayd Dohrn, presented by JAM Collective. Let’s dive into the whimsical yet dark world of lifelike baby dolls, dildos, and everything in between.

Director McKell Rae

Q: Hi McKell! Could you tell us about your role in this production?

A: Hi! I’m the Director of Reborning responsible for bringing this unique and complex show to life.

Q: So, Reborning sounds intriguing. Where and when can we catch this show?

A: You can experience the magic at SLC Co-Op at the Gateway on Jan 12-13, 19-21. For more details and tickets, head to JAM Collective’s link

Q: Can you give us a quirky summary of the plot?

A: Kelly, a doll maker, and her boyfriend Daizy (with a Z), who crafts unique adult toys, navigate the challenges of life, art, and trauma. As Kelly’s artistic boundaries blur, the play takes us on a rollercoaster exploring addiction, relationships, and a dark past.

Q: If you had to describe the process of putting on this show in one word, what would it be and why?

A: Challenging. It seemed simple on paper, but it’s been a wild ride uncovering the depth of the characters and making the bizarre seem real.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned during this production?

A: That there are people out there making both baby dolls and dildos for a living. Someone’s got to do it, right?

Q: Before and after each performance, what’s the routine to get in and out of the heavy themes of the show?

A: We’ve developed a tap in and out routine. Before, it’s a deep breath, and afterward, we shake off the heaviness with silly faces and shoulder shimmies.

Q: Any favorite inside-jokes from the show?

A: Our doll prop, Unice. We treat her like a co-parent, taking her for walks and yelling at each other for being terrible parents. It’s ridiculous and fun.

Q: What’s your favorite aspect of this production?

A: Scene work. Rehearsing with the actors is so inspiring, bringing the script to life and uncovering the layers of the characters.

Q: Tell us about your cast.

A: A small but powerful cast of three. They’ve embraced the dark themes and created captivating performances. I’m constantly in awe of their passion and skill.

Q: What’s your background and training as a director?

A: I started with a degree in theater performance, later discovering my passion for directing. I co-founded two theater companies and recently directed a clown show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Q: The biggest challenge of directing in general?

A: Pacing myself. Managing every element of a production can be overwhelming, but enjoying the process is key.

Q: And the biggest challenge of directing this show?

A: Keeping it believable and relevant, especially with the thriller genre and an ambiguous ending.

Q: Any surprises and delights in directing Reborning?

A: Exploring a different genre has been rewarding. Telling a story about imperfect, broken, and beautiful characters has been cathartic.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share about this project?

A: We’ve created a content guide on our Instagram, and most importantly, please come and experience the magic of Reborning.

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