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Move It

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Danny Gardner
March 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor / playwright..

What is your show about?
MOVE IT! is a free evening of physical theatre, featuring a variety of artists working in everything from circus to vaudeville to puppetry to physical comedy to dance-theatre.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. I attended Ithaca College.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I am just finishing up a National Symphonic Tour of "Here To Stay - The Gershwin Experience" in which I played Fred Astaire / Gene Kelly. I have played Chuck in “Promises, Promises” and Dustin "Toes" MacGrath in "Fingers & Toes” both of which were at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. I have also been in four shows at Goodspeed Opera House - "Singin' in the Rain", "High Button Shoes", "Half A Sixpence" and most recently I played Frank in "Show Boat". I am also a company member of the physical comedy theater troupe - Parallel Exit. I have performed in multiple Parallel Exit shows including "Time Step" at the New Victory Theater here in NYC and I originated a role in the Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway production of "Room 17B". My next project will be the premiere of the new dance musical “Noah Racey’s Pulse” at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, Florida.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
After years of working with a physical comedy theater troupe, I got inspired to create my own work after I saw "Old Hats" with Bill Irwin and David Shiner. I realized I had my own personal story to tell, which would best be looked at through the lens of physical comedy. "Move it" will show just a little part of the show I have in store. I also wanted to be in the company of other physical comedians to see if my work holds up against their amazing skills. I'm using it as a trial / workshop to see if I should stick with it or go back to the drawing board.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I think my character would be While E Coyote. He keeps trying to achieve his goal but the world keeps dropping ACME safes on him.

Who are your heroes?
Buster Keaton, Anne Bogart, Bill Irwin , Samuel Beckett, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Eric Bogosian, Charlie Chaplin, John Steinbeck, David Hyde-Pierce, Thorton Wilder, and Ricky Gervais.