So this week we have Ring of Fire opening in The Underground. I personally LOVE Johnny Cash music, but wasn’t too familiar with the show. So I asked director Mary Fox a few questions to get a better vibe as what to expect. Here’s our chat:
Mallory: So Mary, what is Ring of Fire about?
Mary: It’s a review of some of Johnny Cash’s best songs, set on a front porch with a stomp-your-feet Hootenanny kinda vibe. It’s eclectic and fun and charming…And A LOT of Cash music. If you’re interested in a night full of back to back Johnny Cash, then you won’t be disappointed.
Mallory: Who is all in the show?
Mary: It ranges from a high school student, a college student, and some wonderful local musicians. We play kazoos and cardboard boxes, along with guitars and bass drums. Our cast has become our own band of misfits! We have sweet voices and loud voices and funny voices. I think Johnny Cash would be proud.
Mallory: We all know Johnny Cash is awesome-so it’s safe to assume this show is also, but what specifically attracted you to direct Ring of Fire?
Mary: Johnny Cash has always been a favorite of mine. I also was excited to work with people in this community. I think what director’s have done in the past with this show is hire really incredible players – and by no means is that bad! But one of the best things about Johnny Cash is how universal he is. How simple he is. He was never a “perfect” player himself so what attracted me to do this show was the idea of using passionate performers who just plain love his music. That’s when you know you’re going to have a good time.
Mallory: What should us audience members expect when coming to the show?
Mary: It’s not your regular night of theater. It’s very different from a musical or a play. It’s more of a music experience, a musical revue of sorts. A tribute to Johnny Cash if you will. It will be a very laid-back environment. We’d love for people to sing a long, get up and dance, give hoot and holler or just plain stomp or feet!
Mallory: And I have to ask, what is your favorite Johnny Cash song?
Mary: I’ve always been partial to “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” It’s classic.
Thanks to Mary Fox for taking the time to answer my questions! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see Ring of Fire this week! The show runs this week Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and the same next week. See you there!