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NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adam R. Burnett
December 27, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Director.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
If it's repeatable, I'm not interested.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I was really floored by Andrew Ondrejcak's FEAST at the Incubator Art Project this past summer. Six months later I can't tell you exactly why--unless you'd be interested in longer discussion over drinks--other than I keep asking people if they saw it. It's very exciting to be a part of the downtown theatre scene in New York right now, when the conversation about sacrilege and tradition is breaking down. Maybe that's just my perception though. I am by no means REALLY in the KNOW. But I want to witness theatre that aggressively resists the vanishing, the academic, the consumer, the long deadly line, and insists, with generosity, that it can be different now with the knowledge we have. I felt like FEAST did this.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
The show is about appropriations - what we unconsciously partake in daily, be it cultural, political, spiritual, or private. The speed at which we access our knowledge is accelerating by exponentials that are out of control. This inhuman progress leaves room for consideration: before we take the next leap, what essential humanity might we be losing? The play employs the premise of a morality tale, of an accused plagiarist who has to fess up to his wrongdoing, and quite quickly (exponentially even!) devolves from there.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Bugs Bunny. Definitely.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd probably give most of it away to the performers, designers and other collaborators I've worked with in the past and hold on to enough so that I would have a $2,000 budget for every show for the rest of my life. Theatre on the cheap is too creatively demanding to give up.