nytheatre.com q&a preview by Elizabeth Jasicki
July 6, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Final Analysis is about six historic figures, destined to change the world, who meet in 1910 Vienna shortly before the start of WW I and during the decline of the Hapsburg Empire.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Germany on an American Airforce base where my Dad was stationed. I then lived in Texas till I was 3 yrs old and later the family moved to the UK as my Mum is English. I was schooled in West Sussex and then went to London to drama school and did not start my acting career till I moved back to the U.S., 8 yrs ago. I am now based in NYC.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Two of the highlights of my career were; doing the stage version of "When Harry Met Sally", in the West End with Luke Perry & Molly Ringwald, and my first job when I moved to NYC in a Mike Leigh play, "Abigail's Party" at The New Group with Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was the play's New York City and U.S. premier and was the most tremendous launch into the city and so much fun to do!
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met my director & co-producer Ludovica Villar-Hauser (who is also British!) through her brother Victor who is an actor. We were at a commercial casting together and he told me I had to meet his sister! I did and we've worked together ever since!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
This show is SURPRISING! And in so many ways. Its a fascinating/surprising period of history in Vienna, 1910 leading up to the First World War, as so many people who became famous and went on to change the world were all there at this time. Mahler, Alma Mahler, Freud, Stalin, Ludwig Wittgenstein & another famous person as a Young Man who grows up to truly change the world. Its also surprising as so many of the themes in the play are still so relevant today and are currently reflected in our world. Love, hate, prejudice, marital dis-harmony, infidelity and the rise of anti-semitism and the fear of the 'other'.
Why are theater festivals so very important?
Festivals are so important because it allows plays like Final Analysis to develop - it gives life to new works like this one! This new play had its first outing in the Midtown International Theatre Festival last year and received 13 nominations and 7 awards. This festival was the perfect medium to perform & get to develop this new piece without it costing a fortune. And it gave us an opportunity to see how it was received by an audience. It was sold out and won awards! This festival helped immensely in allowing us to take it on and transfer it to the Pershing Square Signature Centre Theatre this summer so more people may come and enjoy this it. This play will also keep you thinking and talking about it for quite sometime I think....