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Safe

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Debby Brand, (but everyone calls me Dev).
July 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor. I play the role of Nina.

What is your show about?
Safe is about Nina; a NYC teen with a lot of money but no real parents. As she struggles to raise herself she falls into the hands of someone very dangerous.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I work as a documentary film producer by day and actress by night. It works out surprisingly well unless I have to travel for work. At the moment I am working on projects in Texas, Arizona and India so this year has been a lot of traveling and sadly not enough acting. I am very excited to take a break from film and get back on stage. On weekends I like to escape to the wilderness and go camping.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I don't think any one person or role is ever more important than another in the theater world. The wonderful thing about theater is that it is a collaboration by so many people with such diverse talents. Without the director, actor, costume designer or stage manager you wouldn't have a show.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I grew up as a child actress but had basically quit by age 18 to pursue other interests. When I was 25, I was asked by a friend's dad to play a pregnant 16 year old in a reading of his new play. His exact words were "you used to act and you could be 16 and pregnant, can you be in my play". At that reading I met Joan Kane; the director of "Safe". From that day on, Joan Kane continued to cast me in a slew of disturbed teenager and non-teenager roles alike and single-handedly pulled me back into the theater world I had strayed from. I am extremely grateful she found me and held on tight; I didn't realize how much I missed acting until I stepped back onto the stage.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Lady Macbeth-she tends towards the violence and drama and so do we.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
One reason I love working in both theater and documentary film is that both genres are great tools for education and the spreading of knowledge and information. I think theater can definitely bring about societal change by raising awareness about important issues through an artistic and entertaining medium.