nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brandon Monokian
October 10, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
Reading in general was such a huge inspiration behind writing this show. When I first started working on the piece I had been developing arts programming for the Princeton Public Library called Page to Stage where we would present staged readings of plays that had been adapted from literature. I loved reading the plays and seeing how they were developed from their source material so much, I decided to create an adaptation of my own!
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
will have a pot smoking Little Red Riding Hood!
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
It's a play about five people who live and love fiercely and go into every situation with the best of intentions. But in this crazy world, always having the best of intentions doesn't always play out so great, especially when there are others to take advantage of that! I think the audience will be entertained because there are a lot of outrageous things that happen, but there is also an incredible heart to it that the actors do a beautiful job of bringing out.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Snooki. Definitely Snooki.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. In a world that is filled with destruction, a theatre artists job is to create. When theatre is done right, it changes you, and if you are changed you begin to change the community in which you exist. It makes you examine how you live in the world and interact with others.