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Life Could Be a Dream

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jim Holdridge
July 5, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
When the boys recruit the bosses daughter, and a local tough guy to join their doo-wop singing group, can they win the Rockin’ Radio Contest before forbidden love tears the band apart? What's gonna happen!? Also, it's hilarious.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I transferred to a performing arts High School in the "city" of Rochester my senior year as a fine arts major. But I quickly found a group of friends that were really ambitious and daring about theater they wanted to do. We started our own summer company and did shows like "Rocky Horror", "Assassins" and "Falsettos". Some of the more conservative staff did. not. like. it. But they let us do it. And I caught the bug.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I think theater is so unique to the arts because it thrives in collaboration. When you are in a rehearsal process the words inspire the performers who can inspire the director and back around again. That is so rare in almost any other kind of the arts. So I would say everybody is equally important. Also, the actor is the most important. The end.

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?
There's a medley dream sequence in the show where every character gets to have this really intimate kind of love song confession and it's fed by these incredible iconic songs like "Only You", "Earth Angel", and my favorite "I Only Have Eyes For You" which is like no other song ever written. Also, you can feel the audience is captivated and really fall into it with us. It's totally transporting.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Roger Rabbit

Why are theater festivals so very important?
I think festivals are crucial to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to get their voice out there. Pieces that are dramatic, or with an unusual point of view, and pieces that are purely entertaining and fun, side by side. That's what makes any theater community great.