nytheatre.com q&a preview by Erron Crawford
July 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I was first introduced to theatre not only as an entertaining spectacle but as medium for social/political change. I was part of The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, in which we would create (from scratch) these beautiful, uplifting shows that brought awareness to such issues as HIV/AIDS ("Times"), school bullying ("School House Rocks"), women's issues ("Endangered Species"), and even apartheid in South Africa ("Soweto! Soweto! Soweto!: A Township is Calling), and many many more. Being a catalyst for change and betterment in the lives of those audiences is something I can never forget and hope to continue to create and produce in the future.
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
Being apart of the original production of Sheherizade, when I got the news of it's acceptance to NYCFringe I could not pass up the opportunity to relive these beautiful stories again, this time in NEW YORK CITY!
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Interestingly enough, Aidaa and I were out at lunch and we were talking about our goals/wants in theatre and my whole "theatre-as-a-social-change-" spiel came up and she mentioned a Playground piece her and Rodney were working on and we shared and agreed on much of the vision of the show's messages.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Smooth. The stories of Sheherizade are told with the utilization of many fluent fabrics and sleek transitions plus serene lighting makes this show stimulating both for the eye and the soul.
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Most definitely! I know this especially because in some parts of the world that is it's primary purpose. Throughout history even, theatre has been used as a means to spread knowledge and awareness across distances sending actors to send messages across country. Theatre, like Sheherizade, keeps, recycles, and spread these multicultural fantastic moralistic message-filled stories that the whole family can enjoy and relate with.