The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Talkback Video
Introduction by Fiona Santos
Opening Remarks by Rupert Holmes
Q1: How was tonight's performance different?
Did you plan anything different in the play, different from [tonight's] play?
Q2: How long to write?
I was wondering how long it took you to write it?
Q3: How old were you when you started?
How old were you when you discovered you had theatrical talent?
Q4: Comedy or drama?
Do you consider "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" a comedy or a drama?
Q5: How much based on novel?
You were saying that some of the characters aren't in the novel. How much of it is actually based on the novel?
Q6: Who was the murderer?
Who did you think the murderer was?
Q7: How did you create characters?
How did you create the characters to be so dynamic? Like Drood, or Helena Landes - all have specific things they do? How did you make them so specific?
Q8: How do we know the victim's fate?
[?] was found at the river edge. Nobody ever found the victim. Nobody has any proof that the victim ever died? He's gone. How do we know that the victim does not show up as a different character subsequent to that?
Q9: Helena and Neville as lovers?
What made you think it would be a good idea to allow the audience to [choose that] Helena and Neville would be lovers?
Q10: Off to the Races?
What gave you the idea for the song, "Off to the Races," because it has nothing to do with [the show]?
Q11: Your favorite character?
Who was your favorite character in the show?
Q12: Economics of Broadway?
You mentioned you have a new show coming up. The economics of Broadway are totally different now than when you came out with Drood. Now, Drood was very innovative when you came out with it. How can you try to sustain something like that with...? You almost have to have a longer Off-Broadway run before starting, before you'll get the backing to go ahead.