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Circle of Haunts

nytheatre.com q&a preview by David A Green
January 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
An adaptation with music and dance of Henry James' Turn of the Screw.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
In 9th Grade I auditioned for a role in RUMPELSTILTSKIN and was not cast! From that moment on, I was determined to be in theater. Once I went to college, I focused on music and let my theatrical aspirations fall to the wayside. Then, when I was 24, I moved to Indianapolis and miraculously, I was cast in a production of Moliere's THE IMAGINARY INVALID as Cleante.Ironically, I was able to use my musical abilities since I had to play a real harpsichord for the music scene!

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
There is nothing like the thrill of live theater. To be alive and breathing in the moment is breathtaking! And the challenge of making each performance have its own life and feel like it is the first time is inspiring! I love how each audience is different and has a different energy.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I have worked with Shela Xoregos (The Xoregos Company) on many productions. I have had opportunites to play great roles such as Henry VIII in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, Creon and The Messenger in MEDEA and Creon in ANTIGONE. Now Peter Quint!

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Each would fine something to like. Snooki would appreciate the sexual tension and subtext, Springsteen would appreciate the musical element and Edison would appreciate the intellectual appeal of the piece, especially the Shakespearean ghosts who appear.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is the heart and soul of theater today. Audiences need to be challenged to think about conventional beliefs and the conventional portrayals of characters. Why shouldn't a woman portray Prospero or a black actor portray Hamlet. Diversity often illuminates new ways of looking at plays and the characters who bring them to life.