In the year it took for Maddie and I to develop The Sondheim Project, this idea of introducing Sondheim’s work to a new generation of artists was always at the forefront of our mission. I first came across the work of Stephen Sondheim when I was in high school, and although I grew up watching the classic film musicals, I think it was Sondheim’s work that really developed my love for the art and craft of theatre. As a kid, I never fully understood the complexities that made his writing so brilliant—I'm still learning to understand them—nevertheless, his work had captured me. Here we are, over a decade later, creating a project we hope will inspire a new generation of artists and remind them everything is still possible.
Joel DeCandio & Madeline Botteri
May 2014 // Washington, DC