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Why We Left Brooklyn

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Matthew Freeman
August 8, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Why We Left Brooklyn is a dinner party play about a couple bidding farewell to their life and friends in Brooklyn.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I'm usually just hanging out with my wife, or at my day job, or going to the movies. Real life. Normal stuff.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've been knocking around New York City theater for many years. I recently directed Matthew Trumbull's THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN. My previous plays include WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR and THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE. Quite a few of my plays can be found on IndieTheaterNow!

What is one specific thing that you hope audiences will realize you’ve contributed to the production?
My real life. This play, more than any other, steals liberally from my actual experiences. It's fiction, not autobiography, but there's quite a bit of me, my friends, and my life in this play.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
I'd say Rosalind. The most down to earth of these.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Sure it can. Anything can. All things contribute. Nothing, no matter how big, has ever brought about societal change all by itself. But everything contributes.