Cal and Grey
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Madeleine Rose Parsigian
September 19, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I am most drawn to character driven pieces. I love working in depth with my actors and fostering relationships between them that exist both on and off the stage. To me it is a crucial part of the collaborative artistic process.
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
Peter and the Starcatcher. I am a huge fan of ensemble work. In many ways an ensemble captures the essence of theater, as opposed to other performing art forms. Getting a group of artists to work together and support each other in the creating of one final product. The direction was also some of the most innovative inspiring work I have ever seen in NYC theater.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I have been blessed to have a solid network of talented people that I have worked with since our undergraduate theater program at Drew University. After our critically acclaimed success 3boys in the NYC FRINGE, we decided to make it official and start a theater collective. We call that collective Sunglasses After Dark Productions, for which I serve as the Artistic Director. We are also thrilled to have found a gem in Justin Broido who came to our open call auditions and has quickly become a staple in our network.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
I would have to say Once. It's not a musical, but it is an unconventional love story of two young boys coming together in a crumbling society where fear runs rampant and bonds of love, of any kind, are scarce.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would buy a small black box theater with apartments attached, move in tomorrow and never look back! My dream for the future is to be able to have an Off-Broadway house with a repertory of actors and artists who create innovative art together in a supportive space.