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Zombie March Madness

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Matthew Kreiner
February 12, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Artistic Director, Director, Playwright.

What is your show about?
A festival amalgamating what we love and hate in our lives, Zombie March Madness pokes fun and cherishes ourselves with outlandish jokes and serious dramatic storytelling.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
It began in high school. I had spent most my life wanting to perform and doing so for my friends and family, but nothing official. While in high school, I took a poetry class and one of the top people in the International Thespian Troupe #721 was taking it as well. After performing one of my poems, he insisted I audition for their upcoming show of Rumors by Neil Simon. I did. I got cast. And the rest is history.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...has zombified Tennessee Williams characters, has a comedic live mastectomy and penectomy, has Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey fighting while being played by the same actor, and has the quintessential thinking man's zombie play.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
If the audience watches both parts of this show, it will keep the audience talking into the wee hours of the night, but also has the potential to sneak up and surprise our audience with one of our comedic or dramatic moments for years to come.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Bruce Springsteen. They guy loves some great, smart humor and loves stories about the common man. This show has the smart (and some dumb) humor he'd crack up at, but also some heart-touching stories about normal people dealing with their own lives (much like his songs).

Why are theater festivals so very important?
The same way film festivals and art festivals are important. Because in theater festivals, it allows the opportunity to showcase a variety of styles and genres that is easily accessible to the public at an inexpensive price. Culture is important to both infuse and share with each other as it definites our society. Festivals are the place where all that happens whether it be to laugh together or cry together.