Flyer: The Addams Family musical reminds me of La Cage aux Folles, which was just at the Orpheum: A child in love asks his atypical parents to become normal for a night, etc.
Douglas Sills: Yes. But in La Cage the parents know they are different from the surrounding community. Their lives have been constructed to live in a society where they are “other.” The Addamses don’t have an awareness that they are that different. They’re normal. Or, if anything, they’re superior with more refined tastes. That’s one of the big things about this show: what’s normal and who decides.
What attracts us to macabre material again and again? It goes back to the first time somebody stood up in front of a campfire and created a scary mask and did a skit. We’ve always had holidays like Halloween where there’s a moral reversal for a day. Vice becomes okay. Dark things become good things. Somehow it releases the fear and anxiety that evil, dark inversions have for us, and we can have less fear