nytheatre.com q&a preview by Emily Koch
July 25, 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 and raised in the same house, with the same wallpaper in my room from the day I was brought home from the hospital in Los Angeles, California. But then for the last two years of high school I went to an arts boarding school in Michigan called Interlochen Arts Academy and now I attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Yeah, I get around.
If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
I LOVE NEW YORK. I think I need to repeat that. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE NEW YORK. I've been many many times so luckily I've been able to cross a lot of things off my NYC "bucket list" but this time around, I'm all about the food. I heard about this restaurant that serves only peanut butter and another that has only wine, cheese, and chocolate. Life doesn't get much better than that.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Inexperienced Love (name drop) is about the trials and tribulations people face when putting themselves out there in the strange, passionate, excruciatingly awkward world of love. We've all been there. All sides of it. Some have chance meetings that bloom into beautiful, sustaining love. Some are desperate just for the feeling of love, and will stop at nothing until they get it. And some, well, some are just plain ridiculous. Every scene in our show has happened in life. There is no way anyone in the audience can escape seeing themselves up on the stage. Even if it means leaving the theatre blushing like a school girl.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Okay, I probably should have just chosen a different question because I can't pick just one word. But I'm one sentence in so there's no going back. Inexperienced Love is Sexy, Smart, AND, Surprising. Here's why: The lyrics by our writer Jacob Tischler are incredibly witty and fly by at lightening speed, one laugh right on to another. There are many moments in the show that will completely take the audience for a ride. One member may even find themselves the object of someones affection. And as for sexy, all I'll say is that there are two awkward teenagers making out. What's sexier than that?
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Theatre is important. That is a fact. I can only speak for myself, but theatre has changed me deeply many times so I can only assume that it has done the same for others. If I had ten million dollars to spend on theatrical endeavors, I would make it my mission to go on a "theatrical endeavor around the world". I would make sure that there was not one country, city, or school that didn't have some kind of theatre. Any kind of theatre. just as long as they had access to creating it. It's brought me discipline, creativity, laughter, and most importantly bliss. If I could bring bliss to the world, that would be indescribable.