Joe Canuso talks Ideation!

Thu, 10/05/2017

Joe sat down and answered a few questions about Ideation!



1. What makes Ideation relevant to today's audiences?

That seems to be the overriding theme for Americans today. We don't know where things are going and don't know how much we can trust those in power. That is pretty much what the characters are feeling as they try to navigate through some ethically ambiguous terrain. One of the characters brings up the maxim "Assume the worst". And I guess that pretty much sums up the situation globally. We have been taken out of our comfort zone and we have no blueprint for how to proceed.



2. What would you like audiences to leave with?

I guess what we should be left with is a sense that we can't always trust those in power, so logically, we have to be able to trust each other. If we turn on each other and start pointing fingers we won't be able to move forward. Ideation works when we listen. We have to be able to hear what the other person is saying even if we don't agree with the premise.


3. This is your 21st year at Exile, how does this show differ from your past work?

Twenty-one years! Wow. I never thought that far ahead.
 I guess it's just having a stubborn sense of survival. It's funny, but the only other show I did in The Latvian Society was The North Plan which was another political paranoia/conspiracy play. I guess I'm just attracted to plays that involve some kind of psychological gamesmanship. These characters are all really smart and they use their wits and their wit to survive. They also realize that they will only succeed if they work together as a team. For me, this goes well with my whole love of ensemble acting. The actors and I have had to rely on all of our ensemble skills to pull this show off. Its a taut and thrilling ride for us and I hope ultimately it will be for our audience.




by Aaron Loeb

Philadelphia Premiere

1st Preview: Oct 12, 2017

Opening: Oct 18, 2017

Closing: Nov 5, 2017


Directed by Joe Canuso

October 12 - November 5

Latvian Society (531 N. 7th Street)