Monday, July 15, 2013

Leaving It All on Stage: A Profile of Bastion Carboni by Jonathan Coker, L Style G Style magazine

L Style G Style magazine Austin TX

By Jonathan Coker 

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Bastion Carboni (photo: L Style G Style)

I had seen Bastion Carboni around town quite often, but we’d never actually officially met. That being said, Carboni and I have mutual friends, so I wasn’t too nervous about asking to interview him for our newest RISING profile.

Carboni is a playwright, director, and Artistic Director of local theatre collective, Poison Apple Initiative. Admittedly, I had never seen one of Carboni’s plays, I had only heard sparkling reviews from reliable sources. Thus, I came into this conversation as neither admirer nor critic, but rather an interviewer intrigued by the hype surrounding a young, gay artist in Austin.

At ten years old, Carboni discovered his love for the stage while performing in “Hansel &Gretel” with the Dallas Opera’s Children’s Chorus.

“Once the giant gingerbread cutouts slide away from us and I saw 2,000 people in the audience, I knew that this was the only thing I wanted to do,” Carboni said.

After acting for an extended period of time, Carboni started writing plays, not only to bring to life the stories in his mind, but also to make himself more of a marketable artist.

Carboni was so in love with the romance of the stage that he didn’t care in what capacity he was involved with theatre; it’s the artforms that he’s madly in love with. He just turned 29 and already Carboni has directed several successful plays including “An Obviously Foggot” and “Holier Than Thou,” and started a theatre company, Poison Apple Initiative.

At the moment, Carboni is trying to get “Holier Than Thou” published; he wants to be published by the time he’s 30.

Read more at L Style G Style magazine on-line. . . .

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