nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adam LeFevre
September 7, 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 in Albany,New York, and raised in a small Hudson River town called Coeymans, about 15 miles south of Albany. I graduated from The Albany Academy (Herman Melville and Andy Rooney went there); Williams College; and The University of Iowa's Writers Workshop.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Because performer and audience share the same space, time, breathe the same air, smell the same smells; intercourse is immediate and real, and sometimes when everything is right in these circumstances, profound and seismic human connections reveal themselves, nourish our spirit, make our souls seem to shine.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
HIM is poignant drama about contemporary alienation - personal, familial, national, spiritual; a discourse on our desire for and fear of real love and connection. The audience will depart the theater assured their own humanity has been recognized, acknowledged, and commemorated by Daisy's beautiful play.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Camden's old Walt Whitman
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
The degree to which theater reflects and honors all aspects of the human character, the good and the bad, make it a necessary component of any healthy democratic society.