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Sheherizade q&a preview by Jordan Phillips
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Ever since I was a little kid I knew that I was a "theatrical being". Other than being overly dramatic, dancing/singing along with every Disney musical I watched, and acting out the whole "It's a Hard Knock Life" sequence from Annie by heart I knew performing made me happy. It wasn't until the age of seven when I joined a conservatory and starred in my first production. By sharing my gift and love with an audience was by far one of the most exhilarating experiences I've ever had. I've been doing it ever since.

If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
It is going to be my first time in New York, I'm ashamed to even type this. I want to do all of the touristy things: Empire State Building, Coney Island, Statue of Liberty, etc., but really just experiencing the city life is exciting to me. Chillen at coffee shops, going clubbing, and sunbathing in Central Park are things on my list as well...maybe even a New York fling, lol. It's going to be a busy 2 weeks.

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 know this is a piece of theatre that will stay on people's minds forever. I hate to sound cliche and hype up the project, but it truly is a lovely theatrical experience. It is the epitome of a spectacle, taking everything you expect from a theatrical experience and heightening it in the most simplistic of ways. This compelling piece grabs you, takes you on a gripping ride through stories both familiar and not, and does it so gracefully you have no option but to talk about throughout the years.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Sexy. Sexy. Sexy. This beautiful piece Sheherizade flirts with your every desire to be pleasured, pampered, and challenged. It pins you down in all the right ways and has you screaming for more. All of your needs are met when we're done with you and we both(audience and performers) leave the theatre satisfied having shared that experience together.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Oh the most important. Being from different backgrounds of life we as individuals have so much to give to the art, and by taking people who are diverse in background, race, social status, mindset, etc., we increase the demographic of our audience members that we can reach but also learn so much from the experience as artists, enhancing the quality of all of our work in the future.