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Caligula

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Anais Borck
August 8, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
Caligula and Drusilla in love awakened in the middle of the night by visions of a great cat coming to devour them both....

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Ever since I was a kid. When I took vacations to New York to visit my Dad’s family we would stay in the city and attend 4 or 5 plays/musicals during our weeklong holidays, sometimes two in one day. I fell in love with the stories.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
It’s a great way to workout the ole’ acting chops. You get to work on a part over and over again. Instead of film/tv where once it’s shot- you’re done.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
So many reasons. Drusilla, the character I am playing, and her relationship to her brother Caligula fascinates me. I loved the script, an original play by Sean Edward Lewis who is also directing and acting in the piece. It isn’t a traditional kind of play, so the approach has been a new and wonderful experience. It’s very poetic. Everyone involved is delightful.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Rosalind, because she understands the depths of love, loving someone deeply, and letting that love guide her.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd give a big chunk of it to Sean, so he'd have the funds to keep doing what he's doing. The rest I'd divide up among all my other talented writer/director friends and then I'd make them all cast me in their plays!