After a successful opening week of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's revelatory masterpiece, we chatted with some members of the creative team about their lives and artistic visions. Sound designer David Samba provided insight into his life and creative inspirations.
Samba: Baltimore, Maryland.
TW: Home now?
Samba: Chicago Illinois.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
Samba: Tarell Alvin McCraney, August Wilson, and Suzan-Lori Parks.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
Samba: I think it's crucial to give people of color a platform to learn about theatre and theatrical design. Currently, we’re not doing enough to make the theatrical landscape accessible to children of color. Most people don't even know about the design teams behind most shows. Until there's more clarity there, the field will remain one note.
TW: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Samba: Collaboration, abstraction, and heightened theatricality.
TW: Which talent would you most like to have?
TW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Samba: Supporting myself financially through strictly theatre.
TW: What is your motto?
Samba: The show must go on!
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc)?
Samba: I listen to a lot of Rap/hiphop, my favorite being Kendrick Lamar. But as a sound designer, I listen to a wide variety of different artists. My favorite musician would have to be Herbie Hancock—I try to work him into my designs if possible. Evelyn Glennie is also amazing.
Check out Evelyn Glennie's TED talk below: