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Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero is Born

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lynn Rosen
March 14, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
In hearty games of Dungeons and Dragons, young Bart and Holly escape the dreary reality of hauling money all day in armored transport vehicles; when jobs are lost and the boss starts looking at Holly funny, escape becomes reality, releasing Goldor $ Mythyka upon the world. Inspired by a truly true story.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Chicago and raised in nearby Gary, Indiana. Growing up in a bifurcated town where rusted steel mills and boarded-up stores were as prevalent as gorgeous sand dunes on a sparkling lake must have informed my plays in some unconscious way - both the theatricality of my work, as well as the working-class protagonists with rich inner lives I like to write about. I went to high school in Chicago at the U. of C., took a train every day with a lot of people who had mysterious bottles in brown paper bags, and attended Brandeis for my B.A. in Theatre. I co-founded a theatre company there with a very, very provocative name: Brandeis Players.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
Has an omniscient narrator who is a DJ, a sexy stair dance, and a lyric in an original song that contains the phrase "Polyhedron die."

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I'd have to pick a scene, directed beautifully by the über-talented Shana Gold, and set to a rockin' song by Shane Rettig, which we call the "Transformation Scene." In this scene my protagonists, who are desperately in love and barely keeping their heads above water, transform into the people no one believed they could be, or whom they never got a chance to be. It's exciting because of the literal transformation they undergo on stage. This yearning to be someone more powerful and courageous than their real selves is a desire that I believe is common to us all at times.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Oooh, I have to go with surprising. Or how about sexartsing?

Who are your heroes?
My heroes are my parents - my mom is a conceptual artist, my dad is a former restaurant owner. They have an unrelenting work ethic which has inspired me for as long as I can remember. They don't give up or give in. They are also the finest people I know. I'm also inspired by people I don't know but see every day - people who don't expect to be a household name. They just want to provide for their families, get through the day with respect and dignity, and enjoy life.