nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ameneh Bordi
July 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like to do theater that brings joy. I think I'm a pretty joyful person, and I like to surround myself with joyful people. That doesn't always have to mean a comedy (though it often means there is something humorous in/about the play) and it doesn't always mean it's light, but it does always mean that I want people to walk out of the theater feeling better than they did when they went in.
Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
This is my second FringeNYC, and I'm so excited!! Last year our show Sanyasi2011 came up from the DC fringe to be in FringeNYC, but we were Irene'd out! We are crossing our fingers for no natural disasters, because this show is one I think completely belongs at FringeNYC.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
All of the people working on this show are my friends, or friends of friends. I think this type of collaboration makes AMAZING theater, because we all know each other and like each other already, making the connections on stage ELECTRIC! The playwright and I are long time collaborators, and he is one of my favorite people in the world, and the actors are all my new best friends. I'm sure they will be yours too after you watch the play... they are the most endearing octet ever.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Not gonna lie, I had to google Bugs Bunny to find out what his defining characteristic was other than annoying the doc and eating carrots. We're not annoying nor are there any carrots, so he's out. I think Marge would like our show. It's witty and current like the Simpsons, all of our characters have great individual style, like she does, and hopefully there are some catch phrases in there that will catch on quickly as "Eat My Shorts!"
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
Having been a part of FringeNYC last year, I can say from experience that it is a truly connective experience. Walking down the street to thousands of other theater goers is like nothing else - it makes you feel like a part of something, whether you're attending or performing. There is NOTHING in New York, or anywhere else I've been, like it. The beach, mountains, or the latest movie are all awesome, for sure, but they'll still be here (at least until global warming evaporates the oceans) but FringeNYC is just now, just here, and just AWESOME!