nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kevin Brown
July 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I grew up in Florida and every Florida kid eventually goes to a theme park. I knew I wanted to be an actor the first time we took a Christmas trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. I fell in love with the Blues Brothers and the Ghostbusters and Jaws and so on. Universal is all about showing the illusions behind filmmaking, and I wanted desperately to be a part of that.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
To me, the show is about the importance of relinquishing control. My character gets so caught up in what he can and cannot control that he loses his sense of how to control his own emotions and volatile temper. My hope is that the audience will learn how freeing it can be to lose control.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
My great love for theater comes from the fact that it is a completely human experience. Beaches and mountains are wonderful, natural occurrences that shouldn’t be discounted, but seeing a live show with other live people creates an experience that cannot be duplicated. In a movie theater, the film plays out whether the audience is there or not, but with a live show, the audience feeds the performers and vice versa. It is the single most powerful symbiotic relationship in the world…that and sharks and cleaner fish. That’s pretty cool too.