KRiEp - a Grusical in Seven Deadly Scenes
nytheatre.com q&a preview by John Hammel
July 21, 2012
What is your job on this show?
I am the co-author and co-lyricist. I will also run the sound during the production..
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I made the decision to work in theater by my early twenties. I had writen, played and sang in various bands but by my mid 20's studied classical voice and theater seriously and "fell in love" with the thrill of immediate, spontaneous feedback and the give and take with a live audience. It was addictive.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
...challenges the audience to answer as many questions about themselves as about what they will be seeing and hearing.
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 think that audiences will talk about our show into the "wee hours of the night" and beyond as we don't ask the audience to be a passive member of this encounter. The overarching theme of our show is the fascination and various societal exploitation of a type of criminal mind and killer. We present this theme by utilizing high seriousness coupled with broadly dark humor and an integrative musicality and multiple musical genres. The aim is for everyone to have fun, but also to ponder some of the larger questions we pose about not only our protagonist but the mirror that is held up before us.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Daffy most definitely! There was always a bit of madness about the eyes but he was charming and could coerce you to let him into your heart and then....kablam! Surprise! Just as you may have thought or intuited, he was nuts after all. Zany, unpredictable, smart and explosively spontaneous. Yeah, it's Daffy all the way.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If I had ten million dollars I would buy a space and develop not only an arts center for theater but for myriad talented, diverse, "pushing the edge" artists to present their works. The only prerequisites would be honesty, integrity and discipline. No formulaic fabricated pablum allowed!