One of the most prominent theater directors in the landscape today, Leigh Silverman made her Broadway directorial debut in 2006 with Lisa Kron’s “Well.” She brought David Henry Hwang’s play “Chinglish” to life in 2011. In 2014 Silverman helmed Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s musical “Violet” and received a Tony nomination for her direction.
Women and Hollywood recently chatted with Silverman about her latest play, “Harry Clarke,” a one-man show starring Billy Crudup (“Jackie”). The actor portrays the shy Philip, who leads a double life as cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Silverman told us about the close working relationship she developed with Crudup and playwright David Cale, the challenges of directing a solo play, and how #MeToo has affected theater.
“Harry Clarke” will play at the Vineyard Theatre until December 23.
This interview has been edited.
W&H: Can you please talk about what it’s like being a female theater director today?