Kissing Frogs: A Tale of Dating Misadventures in New York City
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lynda DeFuria
October 5, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Belleville, New Jersey, but moved to Las Vegas when I was 3 and grew up there. It's an amazing place to grow up. I attended The Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual, and Performing Arts for high school where I was a Choir Major and active in the theatre program. I then went on to study and graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied songwriting and vocal performance. It was at Berklee where I met Ilana; we did a number of shows and revues together there.
If this is your first appearance in United Solo -- why did you want to be part of this festival?
Yes, I'm a first timer! I believe Ilana, my director and friend, tells an amazingly fun, witty, and insightful story about the ups and downs of being a twenty-something dater in the city that should be told over and over again, especially in this festival! It's a great platform to expose the story to new audiences.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about the reality of dating in the city. The people you meet - the sweet, the odd, the awkward or romantic situations you may find yourself in, and how all of it is important to your story and who you are. I think people will see this, definitely laugh, relate, and know that they are not alone in the struggle to find their one true love!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I'm choosing two. Sexy AND smart.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Definitely! Theater and art in general are ways in which we express ourselves and process the world around us. Your audience gets a glimpse of life through your eyes for 2 hours and an affect is made in some way, no matter how big or small.