nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jeff Takacs
October 16, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Company XIV subjects old ideas to the glare of modernity through text, dance, music, etc. Its heart is comedic and romantic, its frame (history, personality, experiential knowledge) is necessarily tragic. This type of theater seems good to work on.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
In addition to most Company XIV shows in the last several years (including "Judge Me, Paris" and "Lover.Muse.Mockingbird.Whore.," a play of mine ("Kaintuck") was performed in California and Texas, and I've acted in "Balm in Gilead" and Robert Cohen's "Machiavelli," as the tyrant Cesare Borgia, among other projects.
Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
This show is appropriate for kids only in the sense that someday they will grow up, fall in love, suffer a broken heart, get miserable, cuddle with knives and guns and think about using them, and wonder why anyone would ever fall in love. Then they'll fall in love again. Probably don't bring the kids.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
Theater is not nor has ever been necessary in any way to anyone. This is what makes it so difficult, interesting, and potentially uplifting. The more unnecessary the better.