nytheatre.com q&a preview by Arthur Aulisi
August 22, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
That's a trick question (the actor). In a truly collaborative environment, each is dependent on the other and each helps the other (the actor). But ultimately your telling the playwright's story (the actor is, that is).
Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
This show is definitely not for children. The story, a cautionary tale of revenge, is a violent one, populated by some not so nice people. Add Sean's New York underbelly as the backdrop and you can be sure the F bomb will be frequently dropped. Also not for the easily offended. Every ethnicity, race, religion and sexual preference takes a shot from these characters. I guess it's very inclusive in that respect.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Sadly, Snooki. She probably wouldn't find it at all offensive. And wasn't Jersey Shore a cautionary tale as well.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would choose a repertoire of new plays I've worked on over the years that never got the attention they deserved, put them in great space, pay the artists well and let the shows run as long as possible with a ticket price comparable to a movie ticket. I'm not great with money, that could run for like, what, two weeks?