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Little Pussy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by John Grady
January 22, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor/Playwright.

What is your show about?
A lifetime of being bullied.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
Nope, I have no boundaries when it comes to the types of theatre I will take part in...except maybe Cirque shows…I'm not that bendy.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Well, I'm doing all the acting, sooooo that seems pretty important. But then again I have to write the words that will fall out of my mouth, so maybe the writing me is more important than the me that is doing all the blah, blah-ing…though of course without directing myself where the hell would I be? Right? I mean if I'm not paying close attention, then the acting me could wander around aimlessly and easily end up just blah, blahing in some empty stairwell or unattended washroom somewhere…and then what? So all things being equal, I guess the directing me is important in the end, then maybe the acting me second, and then the writing me first…though, come to think of it now, my intern me is pretty sharp too, so…y'know.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I would love to know that an audience was talking about my show into the wee hours of the night…and I would love it even more if they asked me to join them afterwards…or I can secretly follow you home and watch you from your fire escape…your choice.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I'm so glad you asked. Most definitely Bugs Bunny. Bugs was profoundly influential on me as a child, and adult. Every episode with Bugs was a hero's journey, and I think he would feel right at home rolling with the punches that my show dishes out.

Who are your heroes?
My heroes, in no particular order, for whom this show is about, my father, my brothers, and my teachers Robert Hunter and Glenn Gilmore…I hope to someday be half the man that they all are in my eyes.