Flyer: What’s it like coming back to a piece like this?
Robert Hetherington: With four of the original six actors returning, we aren’t starting from nothing. This is a chance to explore things we’d only just begun to discover the last time.
This is a cold war play. The Soviet Union is no more. How does this change things?
Google “punitive psychology.” You’ll find links to stories about Vladimir Putin. He’s former KGB. And just like Dick Cheney favoring waterboarding, he believes the old ways work. The Soviet Union is no more, but the bad old days are alive and well.
What have you discovered?
This isn’t Peter and the Wolf. The orchestra is a character, and we’re trying to integrate that more into the show. We’re staking a claim that it’s a metaphor for the conflict of individualism vs. conformity.