Welcome to “I’ll Drink To That” Ruby’s conversations with the future leaders of Broadway and beyond! Showbiz is in good hands with these brilliant and inspiring professionals.
Ruby sits down for a drink with the fabulous Hunter Bird!
Ruby: Where are we and what are we drinking?
Hunter: Zirzamin, the Underground Music Parlor on Houston and LaGuardia! I’d have a gin and tonic if I’m feeling fancy, and a Lone Star if I’m feeling beery.
What is your current job title?
Freelance Director/Assistant Director. Next up I’ll be assisting Doug Hughes on the Eugene O’Neill play Hughie at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Whose career do you aspire to have?
Artistic Director of an American regional theater.
What’s one of your most embarrassing theater memories?
When I played Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in high school, the sound designer left my mic on during a VERY inopportune moment.
What’s one of your best theater memories?
Directing a show at my favorite theater in the world: Kate Douglas and the Imaginary Menagerie at Joe’s Pub in The Public Theater.
What book are you reading right now?
Many! The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Horla by Guy de Maupaussant, and Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller
What book would you like to see made into a musical?
Bel Ami by Guy de Maupaussant would make a killer chamber opera.
What is your current theatrical project?
The Imaginary Menagerie, a multi-disiplinary collaboration between myself and actress/composer Kate Douglas.
What show are you currently recommending?
Sleep No More of course, and The Whale at Playwrights. I really look up to Davis McCallum.
What is one of your most prized theater possessions?
A sketch an artist did of Des McAnuff and I in rehearsal for Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at La Jolla.
Where do you keep your playbills?
In my closet!