Interview: Director Richard Foreman on John Zorn and Their New Play Astronome


It’s not exactly Tosca, but Astronome–a collaboration between MacArthur-genius director Richard Foreman and MacArthur-genius composer John Zorn–is an opera of sorts. In the piece, currently playing at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Foreman’s funhouse mindscape animates Zorn’s cacophonous, amusing, semi-headbanging score. Our reviewer, Tom Sellar, describes the production as “a head rush and a quick trip to the sublime.” A compliment, indeed, so we thought we’d ask Foreman a few questions about his innovative new project.