"It brings out all the sugars and burns the inside of the barrel so the liquid hits it," Pierce said. "It not only turns it (the liquid) brown, but it caramelizes it when you have an interaction with the wood."
"Meeting and getting to know John is the most surreal thing," he said. "He has been doing daring works for years that connect with people, and at 88 he is still doing that in a fresh, original way. When we meet between rehearsals, it's like picking up a conversation with an old friend."