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Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kristen Vaughan
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
"Venus in Fur" - and not for prurient reasons! I loved the set up and the writing, the different kinds of intelligence on display. Nina Arianda's performance is the kind of magic I always want to create... the way she gave the sensation of being utterly, believably, out of control and then switched on a dime. When people have that kind of technical ability and control, supported by passion (like Rylance) I'm riveted and inspired.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
Nat Cassidy. I've always really enjoyed the Fringe as a spectator. And I love that this is my first Fringe show (some are calling in one of the Fringiest so...) but, really, it's about working with Nat. We get to do a sort of duet in this, I couldn't be happier.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
LOVE. And not just in the classical romantic sense (although that's my personal favorite). There are flavors here that go into that questionable Jelly Belly territory... you can't really believe you just ate it, but you're definitely going to want to tell someone after.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Marge is a wild woman, who will be proud to see herself, and some of her hidden incarnations on stage. She knows about the flavors, and likes them ALL!

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I had a chance tonight to go see a blockbuster, and eventually I will, but instead I'm going to go sit somewhere with compromised A/C and indie performers who are likely to put me in some kind of awkward situation that I will ultimately love... I'm saying; hit that beach and those mountains but make room for the mind bending and blowing beauty of the theater.