nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jacob Tischler
July 24, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Playwright, Composer, Actor.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Boston, MA, but raised a Vermonter amidst many green mountains, maple trees, and cows. I went to public school at Williston Central, then Champlain Valley Union High, and am currently attending Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
has 90 red heart balloons constructing our set! I've never been in a production with this many balloons, and I also happen to have an extreme phobia of them popping.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
This show is the first musical I've ever produced, and has a creation process spanning three years. What keeps me coming back to work on this piece is the joy I find first in the rehearsal room, and subsequently onstage. The actors and director are always able to enforce what I've written with their genius creativity, enabling this fantastically fun creation to bloom into life. I've had many people comment after a performance on how resounding the romantic themes in this show were, and that too is cause for further exploration.
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?
Though I haven't seen the others, I am confident that those who liked "Book of Mormon" will like "Inexperienced Love". We plunge into our comedic and musical stylings with abandon similar to Mormon's writers, while also bringing a sincerity to the characters.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
Beaches, mountains, and movies will always be around. Also, if it's a movie blockbuster, there is no harm waiting until it comes out on DVD to see it (saves money). The theatrical experiences at FringeNYC, however, are much more temporary. This is your opportunity to have a unique experience with an unfamiliar theater group, or gain exposure to new and challenging work. Or you could do both by coming to "Inexperienced Love". How's that for a subliminal message?