“W hen I was studying acting at Rutgers, I was obsessed with actors from the ‘50s. I wanted to emulate them, the Montgomery Clifts and James Deans of the world. Everything they did seemed so iconic and so romantic in some broken, terrible way. And this play is, at first glance, an opportunity to explore that world. The challenge was to make that real.
Those black and white pictures, they look so glorious to us, but they’re real people, and so [the challenge was] making sure that they’re real characters, with real problems and desires and needs. Every character in this play is just so needy, it’s ridiculous.”
[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaking on prisons, she says
"There’s a story whee a warden of a prison wanted to discontinue the use of orange jumpsuits.
He said because of Orange is the New Black, prisoners have been humanized too much. So the orange created empathy
He wanted to go back to prison stripes, so we can dehumanize prisoners. And I was like…
Just because someone has committed a crime, it does not mean that they are no longer a human being.
We also understand that there are some people who are in prison who are in prison not because they have committed a crime, but because they have been racially profiled
Or maybe because they’re an addict. People are in jail for all sorts of reasons
We should be looking at that and we shouldn’t be dehumanizing these folks”]
Some signs exist because theyre practical Others have a hell of a story behind them
If we knew each other back then, do you think we could have been friends, too?