nytheatre.com q&a preview by Andrew Pace
October 12, 2012
What is your job on this show?
I play Rex, who is a modern day, crazy re-imagining of the Frog Prince fairy tale..
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada but I was raised in Pittsburgh, PA which is where I call home. After high school I decided to attend Montclair State University where I am currently in my Junior year pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater not only because I love performing but from the first time I was onstage I fell in love with the fact that as an actor, I could take the audience on a journey with me and take them out of reality. I love that I can give something to the audience that they can leave the show with. I love the fact that there may be one person in the audience, but if that one person leaves the show and has learned something, then I have done my job well.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Brandon Monokian, the playwright of Grimm Women, approached me with the show in August and asked me to read the script. I was obsessed with the show the moment I read it. This piece is so incredibly sincere that I knew that it was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I also loved that there are so many different messages that people can take from the show and apply to their own lives.
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 and Clybourne Park. The audiences that love those shows will absolutely adore Grimm Women. However, I do believe that the play will appeal to a very large group of people due to its subject matter. The show is so touching that it is a must see for everyone.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
It is a necessity. Without diversity the theater world would not be what it is today. Diversity adds so much and it makes it so every production is dynamic. theater would be bland otherwise. Diversity is key.