Last Man Club
nytheatre.com q&a preview by David Crabb
September 6, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was 11 years old. I stayed up late to secretly watch HBO and saw Whoopi Goldberg's first solo show, which was soon to make her a major star. It moved me and made me laugh in ways I didn't know possible. I was sold.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I have been working with Axis Company for about ten years. Some of our previous productions have included "USS Frankenstein," "A Glance at New York," the "Hospital" series, Edgar Oliver's "East 10th Street," and the solo show I mounted there this year, "Bad Kid."
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
The show is, specifically, about one family trying to survive in the heart of the dust bowl in the 1930's. In a broader way, I think the show is about how people become hardened and bitter after a devastation, which is unfortunately quite a timely concept once again.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
The Boss for sure.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would create a grant program. It's astounding to me that the general public has to suffer through so much surface, vapid entertainment as so many truly talented artists struggle and toil to pay their bills and make ends meet. I would use that ten million dollars to give them a voice. Not by affording them top of the line studio spaces and trips abroad for research, but by just helping them pay their bills. So they can at least have a few months to do what they're meant to do while securely housed and fed, which is make art.