nytheatre.com q&a preview by Laura Bozzone
September 10, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was in my fourth grade school play, "Sleeping Beauty" and I remember during one rehearsal, I couldn't stop laughing and smiling because I had never felt so free and able to play. Before I knew about acting, I was a very shy kid and the theatre unlocked a lot of my personality and I saw that I could not only affect myself but also an audience with many kinds of story telling. After playing the red fairy in Sleeping Beauty, I never went back...
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I recently saw Peter and the Starcatcher and was blown away by their freedom and sense of play as an ensemble. The directing as well was just so special because it had a heartfelt, childlike sense of story telling to it- I love plays that are simple and human and make me realize something new about life and relationships.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I think Marius is about youth and love and the hard lessons everyone faces as they grow up. As we grow up, what do we have to leave behind and did we make the right choice? I hope audiences will leave feeling something about family or compassion for those moments in life where there is not an easy answer or solution.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SEXY!! ...at least I hope it is sexy when Marius and Fanny have their scenes in his bar.... but if I had to pick a back up, it would be surprising because of what happens in the end....that is all I will say.
Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I absolutely agree that theatre is a huge ingredient in democratic societies. There are many things people do not know how to say or express and theatre gives us a collaborative forum to share those views or even to provide a new insight and widen a point of view. it all goes back to the power of words and stories being shared that can excite people in one way or another.