Joshua Erichsen is in his 10th season as the producing artistic director for the Players Guild Theatre.
He began his tenure with the Guild 18 years ago as an assistant.
He and his wife, Monica, have two daughters, Grace and Liberty.
Q. What is a classic you tell people you’ve read but really haven’t?
A. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo (1,400 pages, 1862).
We’ve produced the musical at the Players Guild, and I think people expect that I should have read it … but I haven’t.
It really is a difficult read.
Q. What is the last book you read?
A. “JFK Jr., George, & Me: A Memoir” by Matt Berman (224 pages, 2014).
Like so many people, I always was interested in the Kennedy legacy, and this book provided a candid look at the late JFK Jr. as a friend, not so much a myth, and gave fascinating insight into his creative process as creator of George magazine.
Q. What is next up on your reading list?
A. “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero” by William Kalush and Larry Sloman (592 pages, 2006). Did I mention that I moonlight as a magician ? …
Q. Who is your favorite author and why?
A. Charles Dickens. In my opinion, his writing was ahead of its time. His urgent message of caring for all mankind, especially those less fortunate, resonates loud and clear, even some 200 years later.
Q. What book got you interested in your career?
A. Well, my career started long before the musical phenomenon that is “Hamilton” opened, but “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (288 pages, 2016) changed the way I look at how live theater is created and in many ways reignited my passions for live theater.
Q. What is the first book you remember reading?
A. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl (176 pages, 1964). And it is still one of my favorites for all of the reasons that make it so popular.