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Entitlement & William Shakespeare's Mom

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jeremey Catterton
January 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer, Director, Performer.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Hammond IN, but I tell people "Chicago" because it is more directly a place they may actually know. Then I grew up in a small town in Oregon, called Klamath Falls. Then I went to boarding school at Interlochen, MI. After that I got my BFA from the Guthrie Theater before attending Middlesex University in London for my MA in Directing. I lived in Minneapolis a while before residing Lamb Lays with Lion in Brooklyn.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
"Entitlement" is the 3rd in our American Trilogy to be produced in New York. Our first show, "$" was performed at the Tank on 46th street in October 2011. Then its sequel, "Ignorance," was performed at The Brick June 2012, which won their Democracy Festival and awarded us our residency at The Brick for two weeks this January. We also performed a short piece called "Palms Out" at the 4th st. Y theater.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
This piece really shows who Lamb Lays with Lion is supposed to be, whittling down our company to a core of 3 or 5 people at a time. First off,Julia Fairbanks Thompson has been doing LLwL shows since Minneapolis' break out run of our rock opera: "Idigaragua." Then Breese Pickel has known me since 5th grade after school acting classes in Oregon; so we've known eachother almost 20 years. Then, Jake Ford went to the same program as me at the Guthrie Theater, a class a couple of years behind me. We all now are based in the Brooklyn area and together we are called Lamb Lays with Lion. -Also, about New Saloon and their show after ours, "William Shakespeare's Mom," we first saw their work at the Dixon Place and knew immediately that we wanted to work with them. So, we decided to give them a slot after our show and turn our evening into a double bill; for which we are most excited to see what they create.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Most definitely, we're a Groucho.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If we had all the money in the world, we would make certain we could tour as much as possible, to every corner of the world, trying to share as much of our work as possible, and meet as many new artists as possible as well.