Charlie Victor Romeo
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Debbie Troche
September 19, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was 13, I was the only Catholic girl at Camp Shalom, a Jewish sleep away camp my mom was working at and I was cast as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. They cut out the songs, since I wasn't much of a singer, but after getting a huge laugh from some stage business, I was hooked. It also marked the first in a long line of maiden aunts I would eventually play. I love being able to lose myself in a character and having an effect on people. Whether it's making them laugh, making them cry or scaring the poop out of them.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
will have you on the edge of your seat with the thrill of real life drama. Everything in our show actually happened. Every word was actually said. Every moment will have you thanking God that what is happening to them isn't happening to you.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Charlie Victor Romeo is a show that kind of stays with you forever and the audience usually needs to talk about it afterwards. We offer our audience just that opportunity. We have a talk back right after the show where the audience can talk about what they have just seen, ask questions and, no pun intended, "land" from the experience. Whether it's airline professionals, people afraid to fly or your average theater goer, the consensus has always been that Charlie Victor Romeo is unlike any other play you've ever seen. It shows ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and leaves you with the knowledge that the people flying you from place to place every day will do everything in their power to try and land that plane safely when things go horribly wrong. And whether they are successful or not, they are heroes for never giving up and it is an honor to share that with people.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Well that daydream is only on a constant loop inside my brain! I would buy a building where I could have a couple of small theaters where all of my talented friends could have a creative home. I would also want to offer the opportunity to city kids to create, perform and learn from people who have chosen the road less traveled by answering that voice deep in their soul that told them they had to create to be happy.