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Cause of Failure

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lauren Weinberg
July 18, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was six years old, I auditioned for the role of Molly in ANNIE at a local community center. I remember getting a high from yelling, "You'll clean this dump till it shines like the top of the Chrystler Building!" You mean I can have this much fun, playing pretend, and dressing up, and get PAID for it?!? Well, I was hooked and the rest was history. I am, we are, so lucky to have found our drive at such a young age. I know people my parent's age who STILL haven't figured out what they really want to do with their lives. It's a blessing and a curse.

Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I Have! I have been fortunate enough to participate in FringeNYC for the past two years. HAMLETTES, at The Cherry Pit, with FullStop Collective in 2010 as Ophelia (Overall Excellence in Directing to Lillian Meredith) and AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY at LaMama in 2011 with Mariah MacCarthy (Outstanding Excellence in Performance to Lauren Hennessy). Fringe has been a beautiful experience for me and I cannot WAIT to open CAUSE OF FAILURE.

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 think they'll want to call their Moms. And wake up the next morning with a new found appreciation for life and unconditional love.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING. Regardless of your own experience with sickness, death, love, or family... I find Maggie and her Mother's story to be so relatable on so many levels. COF is surprisingly personal, and I hope you find it touches you in a way you didn't expect. It has certainly been a journey of discovery for me.

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
It absolutely can. And I honestly believe it is one of the most powerful tools for societal change. It is the epitome of free speech, of self expression. It can bring issues and opinions that have been "swept under the rug," so to speak, and forcibly make an audience face and question them. Theatre is just the start, and once an audience is evoked, there is no telling what can be achieved.