An Interview with the Infamous Michael Riedel
"I'd like to see the theater become part of contemporary culture again. I think that it's a real problem for the theater, and these shows. You see that they are not tapping into anything that's going on in the world today."
I recently sat down at Angus
McIndoe for lunch with the
Let's start at the beginning when did your interest in theater begin?
I did some plays in high school which I had a good time doing. I remember doing the all-Christian version of The Diary of Anne Frank. I went to a small Catholic school in upstate New York with no Jewish people in the town, so it was all Catholics and Presbyterians playing Otto Frank, Mr. Dussel, everyone, but I remember enjoying doing that play very much and enjoyed my first time up on stage.
It must have been 7th grade and I played Dussel the dentist. Of course if you've read the later writings about Anne Frank it turns out that he was also a pedophile and molesting them but we were doing the nice cleaned up Broadway Frances Goodrich, and Albert Hackett version of the show.
Growing up, I saw a few of the shows that would come through Rochester, New York where I'm from; so it was some of the traveling shows that I saw like Barnum, and I think that I saw Hello Dolly! with Carol Channing.
say though that they made any tremendous impression on me, or that I was wildly
interested in the theater or that I wanted to be in the theater myself. I was
interested in politics very much when I was growing up and that's what I think
I really wanted to be either a senator, or a Supreme Court Justice, and I
always wanted to be a lawyer. I think that I began to get interested in the
theater when I came to