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On Fonts

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Amy Virginia Buchanan
August 18, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright, Actor, Producer.

What is your show about?
It is a personal narrative about my family, how I developed my romantic preferences, and the fear of being alone that gets interrupted by scenes, songs, and other such mischief.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Collaborative, generative work that presents material that is both challenging and relatable.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
In the type of theatre I pursue, the ability to establish a relationship with the audience is key. When studying clown at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, I found the revealing qualities of the trade to be extremely appealing and have since been trying to find ways to integrate elements of clown into many different types of performance. On Fonts, in particular, establishes a relationship with the audience right off the bat and then proceeds, picking and choosing when to reveal, hide, or expose the performers. I crave the individual experience of an evening of theatre and find the fact that no two shows will be the same to be exhilarating.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
We all met in a variety of places and were all brought together on the project. The director, Claire Moodey, and I were both featured artists at Little Theatre at Dixon Place a year ago and have since admired the work each other does. We took the first draft of the show to New Mexico along with E James Ford and Milo Cramer, who served as fellow performers, and Joseph Wolfslau, the designer for the production. We had two weeks there to develop the piece but also to develop relationships as collaborators. We'll be joined by Serena Wong, a colleague of Joseph's who will be doing the lighting design, and that will complete the creative team. So we all sort of met each other with either myself or Claire as the connective tissue, and it has been very satisfying to bond over the production. I'm definitely looking forward to how we will all continue to work together.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo. Completely.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Of course it can. And it should. And if anyone doubts that, go take a look at what the Public Theatre is doing with Public Works. Simply amazing.