Flashback: Serj Tankian and Steven Sater
Discuss “Prometheus Bound”
(March 2011)

As I mentioned in my previous post, ten years ago this month, I had the chance to witness the debut performance of Prometheus Bound, the musical collaboration between singer and composer Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), playwright/lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), and director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Jagged Little Pill), at the Oberon Theater in Boston. I assumed it would make it to off-Broadway or Broadway, but it has not happened yet. (The song “Weave On” did close out Serj’s third solo album Harakiri. “Tyrant’s Gratitude” was available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition.)

Here’s hoping that this intense, hard rocking show manages to find its way to the stage in New York and other cities around the world. It was a visceral production that electrified the young crowd who saw it.

The day before the show opened at the Oberon venue in Boston, which is part of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), I sat down with Tankian and Sater for a half hour chat captured on video for a Stage Directions magazine cover story. I only had one camera and no clip-on mics, but it still sounds fine and it’s great to watch these two interact and discuss their inspirations and passion for the show. Enjoy!


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