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Venus & Mona

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Leslie Bramm
February 25, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Identical twins battle on the rooftop of a doublewide. A demon lurks bellow them, and the opportunity to grow up just slightly out of their reach.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
Not really no. I'm excited by all styles and genres. I can't imagine limiting myself to one way of writing a play. I tend to get turned off by plays that need a gun to create or resolve conflict. I think it's cheap and shows a lack of craft, but otherwise theatre, like Rock n' Roll is too diverse to settle on one voice.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Like a band everyone plays a part, and all parts are important. However the band needs the song, and the song needs to be written, so in that sense the writer is the core of it all.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Variations Theatre Group is producing the show. I met them after reviewing (on nytheatre.com) a terrific production of Fool for Love that they did. I saw it and thought to myself, I have to work with these people.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I'm not sure, but hope beyond hope that it's the Boss.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Politics, science, philosophy may make history, but it's art that defines it. It continues to define it generation after generation. Never underestimate the power of the metaphor.