Earlier this year I met Eva Claycomb when I started doing photography for Shuford Alexander Cases. She was doing great work reupholstering vintage suitcases for Chad the owner, and I liked her Immediately. I knew she had studied theater and she was often very funny and wacky around the shop, but I had no idea how awesome she was until I found out she had written a musical. The piece was co-produced with the Rude Mechanicals as a part of their Rude Fusion series. Pretty much anything the Rude Mechs do is amazing to me so I knew if Eva was associated with them it would be great. I asked Eva is she wanted the show photographed and she jumped at the chance saying that she had never had professional photos taken of her work. Theater is a passion of mine so its a no-brainer for me to photograph it when ever I can. The description of the show stated that it was "A pretty good time!!" It was!! Thanks Eva for making it happen and for playing your ukelele so beautifully even though you cut your finger on the way to the show that night. Such a bad-ass. The musical must go on.
SDG: How long have you been working on the show and where did it all start?
EVA: I started messing around with this project two summers ago in Connecticut. I wrote it really fast and then I didn't think about it for a long time... This last may I decided it was time to dust it off and show it to my friends, some of whom (the rude mechanicals) asked me if I wanted to put it up in the yard at the off center.
SDG: Do you have anything else in the works?
EVA: I'd really like to do a series of tiny musicals, hopefully about large subjects (like liars). I want to see how hard it might be to boil big stuff down really small without essentializing anything. Also, I like writing musicals. Other than that, I have some little music projects in the works, but they are too baby-stages to talk about!
SDG: Is everything you are telling me a lie, big or small?
EVA: Scott, literally everything I have ever told you is a lie.
SDG: Wow! Thank you for your honesty.