The Apocalypse of John
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Erin Salm
July 11, 2012
What is your job on this show?
actor, one of the writers and a production assistant .
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in a beautiful area of Southern Lancaster Country in Pennsylvania. I was raised in Holtwood. My friends all referred to as "The Boonies". Nobody ever wanted to give me a ride home for fear of hitting a deer on the way! I went to Solanco High School and then jumped directly into the Voice Performance Program at Temple University where I also studied Theatre. It was in North Philadelphie which felt like another planet compared to where I'd grown up. I was very lucky and had my first year in a dorm with all music and theatre students. It was like living in an awesome but very hardcore year long Performing Arts Camp in alot of ways!
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I'd had an earlier experience as an actor in a musical for FringeNYC. My exposure to the other shows that were also performing that season made me recognize that there was vast amount of secret gems of theatre and art hidden in NY Theatre that were getting such great well-deserved exposure through the Fringe. I felt like I'd found just such a secret gem when I was first cast for a Serious Theatre Collective Show a little over a year ago. They're a tremendous group of people. They write to have fun and entertain each other, which is the best way for some writers, but they have a no holds bar sense of humour that has sent whatever I happen to be drinking shooting out my nose an obscene amount of times. Not to mention they all have alot of heart and intellect (sorry gang, secret's out). After working as a writer on this piece they asked me to audition for the show. I had to really fight for Maggie against a slew of other girls who'd also caught on to their awesome writing just from the audition sides alone. I count myself very lucky to have become a part of their group. I'm really looking forward to their work reaching a wider audience.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The comedy aspect is definitely THE BOOK OF MORMON. The indi-vibe is kinda like ONCE. Also, we have an amazing live band led by Ari Kessler that plays our "movie soundtrack" for the show. John is very much an everyman like Willie Lowman from DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ya know, up until he starts seeing things and fighting aliens and zombies. Finally, CLYBOURNE PARK...has people argueing while in the same room. Oh! and also difficult relationships strained by the current stigmas society has placed on various generations, genders and class systems! Yes! (There is a Sociology T.A. somewhere right now finally getting its wings!lol)
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Theatre, live performance is a basic necessity for us as human beings. It is an art form in which we can communicate on an entirely different level. When we are all in that room on the same page as our protagonists, regardless of how anyone felt outside, it is an oddly empethetic experience. It leads to a connection, to an understanding that we not only need like water and air but that can open our eyes to entirely new worlds and perspectives we may have been nearly incapable of outside. Whether we connect through laughing like in our show or crying, it is powerful and important to maintain for our own well-being as well as our children's.