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The Cheaters Club

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Derek Ahonen
August 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer and Director.

What is your show about?
The Cheaters Club is a Southern-sized Savannah ghost story that creeps out of the shadows and Spanish moss to bring us face to face with the skeletons that are lurking in our closet and destroying our marital bliss.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
You never know you want to do theater. You just do it because something inside you forces you to. It's like a mother's love for a hooligan child. You love it no matter what even if it makes you miserable every second of the day.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
If I'm known at all it's probably for The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side. I also wrote the plays Happy in the Poorhouse, The Bad and the Better, and the first half of HotelMotel.

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?
The music. The Cheaters Club is filled with music. It's the closest thing you'll ever see to an Amoralists musical. That and the 26 actors. There's also a triple possession sequence in there that could piss off the restless spirits in that old theater. (That is of course if you believe in that type of thing.)

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. It's how I'm able to keep people in my life for the most part.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would pay a few people in my company about 500k each for years of hard labor served. Then I would immediately sign a five year lease on a theater and get to work on commissioning all my favorite playwrights to 8 week slots for the next 5 years.