nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adam Zivkovic
September 3, 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 New York City. I went to the Lycee Francais de New York, Friends Seminary and then Princeton University.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
In July, I performed in a play called HALF by Becca Foresman, in which I played three characters - a King, Interior Decorator and Valet - who were sometimes on stage at the same time! It was a great challenge to switch between the roles and a fantastically funny play. I also really enjoyed playing Jerry in 'The Zoo Story' last year. Other favorite credits include the Man in 'BASH: Iphigenia in Orem', Agamemnon in 'Iphigenia at Aulis' and Leontes in 'The Winter's Tale'.
What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
This is one of the most gracious, talented, generous and FUNNIEST casts I have ever had the privilege of working with. One of the biggest things I've had to wrestle with in getting this part ready is controlling my laughter. I don't usually break when working on comedies, but working on COSI has, to quote my character Lewis, "thrown things a bit haywire". These actors are SO very, very funny, and I have been having serious trouble making it through the run-throughs without laughing.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The Book of Mormon - don't come see COSI unless you like laughing.
Who are your heroes?
Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Peter O'Toole, Marlon Brando, Gary Oldman - any and all the actors who work hard to hone their abilities, and prove to the rest of us that we can accomplish anything if we are willing to put in the work.