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The Prodigal Daughter

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Doreen Firestone
August 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright/composer/the prodigal daughter.

What is your show about?
THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER is the story of the journey Home to Redemption, made by a lost Child. This musical presentation combines dramatic and hilarious moments from the daughter’s spiritual odyssey.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to perform in plays and musicals that inspire audiences to think big and to live with passion and courage.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that has God appearing in the form of a tall, tattooed muscular man and a doting, but sometimes traitor-like angel watching over a lost, but lovable prodigal daughter.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I was compelled to write this piece because I had my own prodigal past and I wanted to offer hope to others that they too could rise up from their ashes and be the people that God meant them to be. And living the life of the prodigal daughter on stage is a cathartic experience for me every night. I get so much healing from bonding with the audience. And when I tell my personal story of resurrection after the performance, it is so gratifying to have people come over to me and say, "I too have a history. Thank you for letting me know that healing is possible."

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Mickey Mouse has a very special place in my show. In fact, his girlfriend Minnie Mouse makes a cameo appearance. But I can't divulge any more than that about her role. I promised her I would keep that top secret information under wraps.

Who are your heroes?
People who tell their stories with passion and commitment are quite heroic. As an actress, Meryl Streep is first rate. As I get older and I watch her going for it gung-ho, all the time, I am affirmed that my role in this business has only just begun. But, truly, real heroes to me are the ones who live out their call, on a daily basis, with no press agents to feed the public news of their every move.