For Pete's Sake
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Bilgin Turker
September 4, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and went to high school in Manhattan. I'm a New York gal!
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I think it has to be a happy union among the three. Ultimately, I think the audience is the most important. They're the ones who you're performing for. The audience is there to invest in the story and as an actor, playwright or director, you better deliver. Or else...dun dun dun...
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
They'll probably talk about "For Pete's Sake" for days. Maybe in 5 minute intervals or for hours at a time. Sometimes people are afraid to discuss topics like sexual abuse because they don't know how to talk about it. What questions can or can't be asked? Where do they begin? Any type of abuse is hard to talk about, but I think once the discussion starts and there is safety, and comfort, people are eager to talk more and share.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Hmmm, not Snookie, she's a mama now. Not Thomas Edison because he would have to come back as a zombie and that would just freak people out. Probably Bruce. That would awesome. It would blow my mind. One time Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer came to see the show and I was so starstruck because I'm such a Buffy fan! I could only imagine what would happen if The Boss was there. I probably would be grinning the whole time, trying not to make eye contact, getting dry throat, tripping on stage...you get the idea.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
It's important to me because I live it. It's around me. I am a part diversity. I am diverse. You take that away and all you have is bland existence. Ain't nobody got time for that!