nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adam Lebowitz-Lockard
December 27, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I wasn't a huge theater kid growing up, but I went to college at Boston University and was exposed to much more theater there that made me want to further pursue this life as an actor.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
They are all equally important. The best part about creating theater is that the most exciting, thought provoking, and passionate art comes from collaboration. The more these three positions are working together at the benefit of the piece, the more dynamic it will be.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
The audience will most definitely be talking about this show into the wee hours of the night. The Old Testament is already one of the most highly discussed and analyzed works of history. Making a play out of one of its greatest stories -- Job -- through the words of Thomas Bradshaw will be sure to have the audience talking for a long time. AND, all of us actors would love to talk about it with you every night after the show!
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
As a lifelong Marx Brothers fan, I can firmly answer: Not Zeppo. Being the straight man just doesn't hold up next to Groucho's wit, Chico's grit, and Harpo's endearing charm. As for those three brothers, why pick just one? The sum of their comedy is greater than any of their individual parts.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity in theater is extremely important to me, and it's a reason I am very proud to be a part of The Flea Theater's non-equity acting company. Not only is their racial and ethnic diversity at The Flea, but there is a great diversity of ideas and theatrical expressions. You don't come to The Flea Theater to see a safe story. You come to The Flea Theater to be shaken to the core by the magnificent degree of feelings, identities, and stories before you.