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Fancy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Bautista Logioco
June 20, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
A one act comedy of contrasts about a "pedestrian" couple in the wrong place.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When, at the age of 8, I saw a production of "Las de Barranco", a play by the Argentinean playwright Gregorio de Laferrere, in my home town of La Plata, Argentina. I was fascinated by the magic created by the actors on stage and the specific world they had created and I just wanted to be part of it.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I don't think any of these is more important than the other ones. On the contrary, I firmly believe that it is the "symphony" between the three of them what makes the theater what it is. In the case of Fancy, we are extremely lucky to have Michael Bruck both as playwright and director. As such, Michael can very clearly convey both his vision of the substance of the story as well as of how the story could be told on stage. When you add to that vision, the way in which Audrey Thompson, Taras Michael Los and myself bring that story to life on stage, you confirm that none of the "magic" and fun that we hope to bring to the audience would have been there without these joint efforts.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There is indeed a moment in which the tension between my character and the ones played by Audrey and Taras, let's say, increases. As a result, the body (and facial!) language takes a particular shape that makes it really hard for me to keep a straight face and not burst into laughter.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I would say that Gina (Audrey Thompson) and Jerry (Taras Michael Los) are as (or even more so!) unrestrained as Daffy Duck, whereas Gustavo (me) has his assertiveness. Finally, I would say, at a certain point of the play, the three of them become as combative as our Looney Tunes friend.

Who are your heroes?
For her resilience, strength, wisdom, sense of humor and absolute love, my hero is my grandmother Bijou (Bi), who passed away this week. Bi, this is for you.