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Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Alexis Thomason
July 20, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I'm an actual, honest-to-god native New Yorker. That's right. We aren't myths. We actually exist. I was born and raised in the Bronx. I attended LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art in Lincoln Center, and for the past ten years, I've lived in beautiful Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
I feel like FringeNYC is one of the last bastions of the old New York vibe. I know it's get said all the time, but New York really HAS changed a lot in the past twenty or so years. Yes, some of those changes are welcome changes. Safety on the subways? Great. "Safe" art? Not so great. FringeNYC keeps downtown a little on the weird side, the way I like it.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Songs of Love is a collection of short plays about (in keeping with Nat Cassidy's oeuvre) ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances and, interspersed with, well... love songs. Nat doesn't generally pull his punches, so be warned that these circumstances, although of the romantic flavor, tend towards the twisted. My challenge as an actor is to find my characters' truths while dealing with the absurdities of the situations.

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?
I'm going say that folks who liked Once will likely enjoy our show, but not just because it features folk music and great songwriting. The themes are adult, and when I say that, I mean that they are thoughtful... but also ridiculous. So, really, our ideal audience member is probably someone who liked Once but also has all of Mr. Show on DVD.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I've got nothing against the beach or the mountains. Arguably, with a zipcar account, you could catch a show right after either of these. But don't go see Batman. It really wasn't very good.