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The Drawer Boy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brad Fryman
February 1, 2013

What is your job on this show?
I am an actor in The Drawer Boy and the Co-Artistic Director, Oberon Theatre Ensemble.

What is your show about?
This is a play about friendship, incredible sacrifice, the intense burden of guilt and the revelatory power of storytelling. I should add that it is quite funny along the way.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey is exactly the type of theatre I enjoy working on the most. A character driven piece that has the power to take an audience into its world and as they give way to learning about the people in front of them, they soon (hopefully), begin to seemingly "share" the experience that those characters are working through. It's storytelling at its best and most powerful.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
One of the last productions I worked on was an incredibly interesting play by Christopher Stetson Boal called ORDER directed by the insanely, kind, passionate and brilliant Austin Pendleton.

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?
An incredible moment in this play that I think about over and over involves a character who looks at his best friend of 40 years and that friend seems to have no idea who he is. I can only imagine how terrifying that might be.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If I had ten million dollars I would put the money into a trust that would fund Oberon Theatre Ensemble's productions indefinitely simply by only spending the interest earned to fund our shows. It's that easy. Help me find that ten million dollars and let's do that.