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Dangersparkle and the Lion

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Harry Einhorn
June 1, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer / Composer / Performer.

What is your show about?
Danger Sparkle and the Lion is the musical tale of two immortal souls forced to reincarnate together throughout the history of mankind until they discover life's mysteries.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in NYC. After a childhood stint in Halifax, Nova Scotia, my family moved to New Jersey. Lia and I met doing summer theater when we were both fifteen-- we would drive around singing together, and always said we would write a show one day. We were dorks, but we were also bad! I went Northwestern and she went to NYU; we both studied theater. After a few years of traveling (between the two of us: Italy, India, the Czeck Republic, South Africa, Nepal) , we finally met up again and this is what happened!

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
is a completely originally muscial/operetta that covers nine time periods in one hour and has ancient greeks addicted to huffing gas.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Cosmic crystals. Wooly mammoths. Bollywood. Witch burnings. Cannibalism. Office chair choreography. Anime battles. Wait.. was that more than one moment? It's fun! (And there's a message...)

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Cyclops. He's down with the epic, cosmic, mythical, grandiose, and ridiculous.

Who are your heroes?
Siddharta Gautama. Gilbert and Sullivan. John Cameron Mitchell. The Ladies from Paris is Burning. The Dirty Projectors. Meredith Monk, Pina Bausch, and Robert Wilson!