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Kikki & Grandpa & Baby

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Geoff Lee
January 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
After studying a short while with Mako (Pacific Overtures, East-West Players), I knew I would be doing work in theater/acting in the future.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
My experience is actually more in film/tv acting, so the transition to theater was significant. The different technique and discipline were certainly challenging but with kind help from the rest of the well-trained and capable actors in this ensemble, I have enjoyed the process.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is simultaneously about the relationship of a homeless older man and the homeless teenage girl he meets as well as collaboration between very poor people living near a riverbank to come together and help one "family" meet their goal, which is simply to survive.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Bruce Springsteen.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
As an ethnic actor, diversity in theater, as well as film/tv, is vital to a progressive society, and changing stereotypes will always be a personal goal of mine.