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Love Stinks

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kate Plumb Rader
July 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright.

What is your show about?
When love can drive you insane....literally.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was bit by the theatre bug at a young age. Not sure which influenced me more playing a potato in third grade or my Mother referring to me as “Sarah Bernhardt.” I started taking acting classes when I was fifteen. Like a lot of theatre people I went on to do different aspects of theatre, such as stage-managing, follow spot operator, set design, scenic artist and now playwright. (Okay I will publicly apologize for the follow spot incident) But I’ve never got over the bug.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
There are no take backs in theatre. Whether it’s the best performance you have ever given or you forgot your lines it live, no stopping,no trying again every performance is an original. If you watch a film or TV show more than once it will be exactly the same. Theatre no performance is same as the one before, there are too many variables the performers, the crew, traffic and whether the audience had cocktails before or after the show. All of which makes theatre so much more exciting.

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?
When Jack and Colleen cross the line of sanity is without doubt my favorite moment of the show. When a seemingly normal, successful, intelligent couple starts behaving insane you know love is involved. I love this because the audience doesn’t question their crazy behavior because they themselves may have been there, or at the very least understand. So the audience happily jumps onboard and takes the ride with the characters.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Seductive, Smart and Sarcastically Silly.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
I think of diversity in theatre like food. I would get pretty bored if I ate the same thing ,served by the same waiter in the same place. Try it even if you don’t think you’ll like it because you never know…..