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Speakeasy Dollhouse

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Cynthia von Buhler
January 14, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Producer/Playwright/Director/Set Designer.

What is your show about?
Speakeasy Dollhouse is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of an actual 1935 crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
My maiden name is Carrozza. My parents were from the Bronx. They wanted to get out of New York City and take their children to safer place to grow up. I was born in Newark, New Jersey, but I grew up in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I attended art school in Boston and studied humanities in London.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
expects you to climb through a tiny door into the past where you help deliver a baby, carry a coffin to a funeral, assist with an autopsy, flirt with burlesque girls, get a shave, and possibly murder a mobster while eating cannolis and drinking illegal booze from coffee cups.

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
Ignore the advice your parents gave you as a child, be nosy and and talk to strangers.

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?
I would buy and refurbish The Amato Opera House which has been sitting vacant on Bowery for years. On Friday it would be Speakeasy Dollhouse, The Musical, on Saturday it would be Speakeasy Dollhouse, The Opera and on Sunday it would be the immersive play it is now. All other nights would be Italian-themed theater and music. Please give me $10 million. You won't be sorry.