TA: In terms of directing, my lack of sight enables
me to imagine my performers more deeply. This imagination is an electric
thing, it connects to them, and they rise to this challenge. But the imagination
can also be a fearful burden.
INT: How so?
TA: I have bad dreams sometimes. This is hard to speak of. But there is
in these images, appearing before me....at times... a third dimension.
INT. THREE dimensions!!
TA. Indeed, it is shocking. There is depth, and substance, and here
you must just trust me, sometimes even MASS.
INT: That is insane, surely?
TA: Please, don't call me Shirley. Insanity maybe, but it reaffirms
my two dimensionality. I am lucky to be grounded in this world. A beautiful
little roundhead with few, very few costume accessories.
INT: Your blue hair....
TA: My hair is always a focal point, my hair is a thing of lovelienss
too, and yet it is just an accessory.
INT: You were saying.....
TA: So I am of the Palace properties, I am not a fantastical
import. Not something exterior. Here is my strength. Everything else
(Pictured at right: the great cyber-director,
Tito Alberto (AKA Karla Ptacek) at work
on a scene from "No IT" with Valet (Helen
Varley Jamieson) and Costume (Vicki Smith).)
INTERVIEWER: And of course that show was banned
in 5 countries
TITO ALBERTO: Whose counting?
INT: And they blamed Victoria Delrapzo
TA: She was just acting out the exaggerations of the
playwright you understand. Maybe it wasn't even her. Maybe we lost something
in the 2 dimensions.
INT: But you cast her in the role.
TA: I never cast. This is not Equity. We are not (expletive
deleted) livestage actors. We do not have to do that (expletive deleted).
We are free in cyberspace to act or not to act.
INT: You mean you don't do a casting call.
TA: Never. People play what they want. Sometimes
I have two people or three, scattered around the world, all playing the
same role. Sometimes actors go to lunch or to the toilet or leave home
never to return and then we just have the empty shell on the screen. This
adds new textures to the work. Ophelia she gone for a crap. You know what
INT: And skill, don't you look for a particular skill?
TA (Expletive deleted). What you talking about! The
skill can be the speed of the fingers. it can be technical knowhow. It
can be quick mind and funny talk. Mostly it just people who know how to
play. People who show up to play. No, casting is not important.