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God Steeling

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Charles Cissel
February 5, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
GOD STEELING is a groundbreaking new play about the ironworkers who build the skyline of New York City. Set in 1980, the play recounts an eventful day in the life of five ironworkers - a Mohawk Indian, a Newfoundlander, the first African American ironworker, a retiree and a rookie - and the Irish bartender who welcomes them morning, noon and night. The men take life-and-death risks up in the air, but the real conflict takes shape when they come down to earth at the local bar.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I went to see Of Mice and Men when I was in high school at St Louis Rep. I found it to be so real and it changed my way of looking at theatre.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
that is about ironworkers who built the skyline of New York City.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I hope they talk about it for awhile because of the ironworkers and I wrote it also in response to the Supreme Courts decision of Gore vs Bush.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Bruce

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Very important. In this play we have a African American and American Indian in a cast of six.