Five Things: A Webcomic in 3-D
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Emily Dalton
July 28, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Who are your heroes?
Let's go with the cliche answer, but hey it's true - my parents. They are my inspiration and my rock. If it weren't for them I wouldn't have had the strength to go to college for my BFA in theatre - the most ridiculous degree you could ever go for - and I certainly wouldn't be living here in New York pursuing the dream. It's funny how two shy, good ol' Christian kids who met in Seminary could have created a weird, ukulele playing, attention-needing, nerdy actor who loves nothing more than playing pretend on stage, but I'm certainly glad they did. They will always and forever be my heroes. Other than that there's Quentin Tarantino, Liam Neeson, Ingrid Michaelson, Adele, Jimmy Stewart, The Doctor, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Edward James Olmos, The Dude, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson, Joss Whedon, Philip J. Fry, and Kaylee my Ukulele.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
...has a mad scientist, talking, tap-dancing cat, a Nathan Fillion ukulele song sung by yours truly, far too many amazing "Doctor Who", "Firefly", "Battlestar Galactica", and perhaps "Star Wars" references, and super adorably nerdy love moments that make you want to barf (in a good way).
What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
I was coached for this part by my spirit animal who is Hoban Washburn.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Marge Simpson - awkward, funny, awesome, and very cool references thrown into the script.
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Whether it is through abstract experimental theatre or blunt satires, theatre exposes the issues of the surrounding world in ways that creep into your heart and your subconscious which forces you to think about your present situation. This leads to ideas which leads to movements which leads to change. "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future..."