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The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County Musical

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Carl Ritchie
February 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Lyrics, Book, Director.

What is your show about?
A spoof of those ubiquitous reality TV shows but really just an excuse to have these four funny, fabulous women sing, bitch and make people scream with laughter.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was raised in eastern Canada, in Fredericton, NB. There was a beautiful theatre in my hometown and I first got REALLY hooked on theatre - although I'd been writing and performing in little plays and skits since I wasn't much more than a toddler - when I played "Oliver" and sat on that coffin in a baby spot singing "Where is Love?" in front of a thousand people... I informed my parents - at eleven - that Fredericton was too "provincial" and wanted to move to Toronto to study acting. (What an annoying kid - they were probably relieved to see me go...) By the time I was 14 I had been living on my own doing summer stock and had my own apartment in Toronto. THEN a bit of an upheaval as the family moved to Rangoon, Burma where my step-father worked for the UN Development Program. I couldn't pass up that experience so at 16 I was commuting between our Rangoon home by Inya Lake (across from where Aung San Suu Kyi lives) to a high school in the foothills of the Himalayas of Northern India. After graduating I attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before starting my career as an actor, writer and director in Toronto. I moved full time to New York in 1990 and then gradually spent more and more time at our weekend place on an island two hours north of the city and eventually moved here full time and ran a couple of theatre companies.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
features four fantastically fabulous women of a certain age singing about such diverse subjects as Butt Cracks, Manolo Blahniks and Rip Van Winkle...

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I often find myself writing shows for women, especially women who can no longer play the ingenue. There never seem to be enough parts for them even though there's such a WEALTH of talent. And if you write a show for middle-aged women then it's always easy to cast.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I am VERY pleased to report that all FOUR apply - SPECTACULARLY... (Seriously)

Who are your heroes?
Noel Coward. Cole Porter. Bill Shakespeare.