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Making a Mark

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jimmy Dalton
June 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
Five short plays that each cleverly and boldly shine a light on the core of the human condition such as love, grief, and survival, in diverse and contemporary settings and language in which we all can easily relate to and see ourselves in.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
The kind that pays (kidding). I lean towards shows where I can do more character actory/dramatic kind of roles. It's fun to get lost and be unrecognizable. I have a serious bro-crush on Gary Oldman in that respect. But right now I'm a sponge and pretty much love to do any kind of theater that'll have me. Maybe except musicals. I couldn't carry a tune or dance if my and your life depended on it...unless I had a few drinks first (not kidding).

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Tough call, but I'm gonna play it safe and say the caterer is the most important for everyone. But director is a close #2 since he/she is sort of the universal buffer/negotiator/peacekeeper between them all. Plus my director is probably reviewing this before it gets submitted (<3 you Camille).

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met half of the cast and crew through our college's theatre department. We did multiple shows and sort of came up and made our bones together. Which is wonderful because we are all familiar with one another so there's not as much initial awkwardness. And not only do we understand each others styles and nuances, but we also know each others weaknesses which we use to exploit each other regularly. The other half I met at auditions and though we still don't know each others names yet, nevertheless we have a darn good time. Especially that one guy Brian, or Bobby...he's really great.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Well not to sound conceited, but honestly I believe our show is all of the above. How about we just describe it as...SMOOSEXIMARPRISING.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
$10 Million? Off the top of my head...I'd produce the first theatrical adaptation of the timeless and classical film, "Space Jam". Between all the special effects of bringing the Looney Tunes versus The Nerdlucks realized in three dimensions on a stage, and affording a cameo by Mr. Bill Murray would definitely not be cheap. But to see all that breathtaking magic come together? It's what dreams are made of.