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City Lights, a Play with Dance

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Caitlin Rigney
March 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
City Lights is a beautiful depiction of the intensive training and inner life of dancers. It evokes raw insight to what artists go through on a day to day basis. Allowing viewers to understand the passion, drive, and determination that lives within each and every artist. As well as a look at the kind of rejection they deal with and how they persevere even in the darkest of times.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Underground, gritty theater is what I love so long as I can sink my teeth into the role. I love working on projects that push me because I know it's coming from a deep visceral place.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to be a part of this show because I grew up a dancer and then received my BFA for Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts and haven't seriously danced in four and a half years. Knowing that both Izze and Janet saw something in me that inspired them - I knew I had to be a part of this collaborative piece. It made me realize dance is still a major part of my heart.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
Why are they important? Hah. Because they allow artists to let their voice be heard. I find new works far more interesting and exciting.