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how i learned to become a Superhero

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Dennis Flanagan
March 13, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
how i learned to become a Superhero is an original creation that follows three self-made superheroes as they try to turn make-believe into reality.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Original plays, to me, is the only theater to work on. I understand everyone has their favorite plays, and like reading a really good book, you want to revisit them, but I've really only seen theatrical magic in original productions. That's what we strive to create with Apothecary Theatre Company. Because I think theater should be transportive and magical.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Why theater? I guess in other mediums, actors, to me, aren't able to create a sustained performance, especially in TV. To see a performance, a real performance, crafted and experienced by an actor, a person has to be in the theater now. And that level of storytelling, personal storytelling, is only really alive on stage. I do theater because every time I go to a show, a part of it thrills me and I want to give that right back to the next person who comes to one of our shows.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Our goal with this show is to put a comic book on stage so there are several moments I am looking forward to. Without spoiling anything, from the start, there's a scene that welcomes the audience to the style of the piece and I hope it gets people to lean forward a bit and maybe even get the excited feeling you have when you see a movie trailer for one of your favorite childhood superheroes.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SUPER! I had to.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Maybe it can. I don't think so though anymore. But more importantly to me, I don't think it should strive to. Theater is fun. I feel it is our responsibility to remind audiences what is so special about theater, show them how the magic of live performance can inspire people. What they do from there, it's up to them.