nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eliza Bent
September 17, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Boston, MA and raised in the fine town of Brookline, MA. I went to Lawrence Elementary School, Brookline High School, Boston College, where I studied philosophy, and now Brooklyn College for an MFA in playwriting. (That is how I know Ms. Murtha!)
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Hahaha. What a fine feathered question. I believe each artist contributing to a show is important in different ways. I think the existence of ensembles attests to this notion of shared responsibility/importance.
Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
Prepare to be TERRIFIED! J/K. I remember reading this play during a workshop at Brooklyn College and being impressed by how "unplay like" it appeared on the page. There were drawings and changes of font throughout the script. Like Ms. Murtha, this play is totally unique and I'm excited to help bring it into a production at Dixon Place.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Multiple Choice Questions Make Me Sweat! I would say that each of these cartoon characters would have varying responses to this fine work.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would invest $8 million into a trust so that it could accrue and accrue with the trustworthy banks of the U.S. Then I would open up a retreat/residency center close to Austin, Texas with $1 million. The other $1 million would be distributed to artists working on international and local collaborations.