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Helping People

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Diana Stahl
June 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Actor.

What is your show about?
Helping People follows two entrepreneurs, the altruist they hire, and the violence of personal and global negligence.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I saw Mary Martin sing "Never never land" on that filmed stage version of Peter Pan. I thought she was making magic even before she flew in the show and I wanted in on that.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
You'll be able to smell. We mutilate a ton of lemons in the play. Actual lemons. Actual mutilation. And you can smell their juice.

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?
There is an actual real live tree in the play. More than one. And the cast is really good and I love them. And this set. And the direction. I'm thrilled by the team.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Chico.

Who are your heroes?
Gwen Verdon, Mary Martin, Emma Goldman, DeadMau5, Elton John, Ru Paul, Stephen Knight, the Hypocrites, Rattlestick, Daniel Talbott, Jess Dickey, Crystal Skillman. Ethan Lipton. Jim Henson. The Public Theater. Lesser America. Taylor Mac. This team. Michael Cunningham. Shakespeare. Chekhov's wife.