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The Adventures of Superbunny

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Michael MacKenzie Wills
June 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer, Lyrisist, Director.

What is your show about?
A new musical for children that deals with such issues as healthy eating, environmental awareness, the consequences of your actions, self- motivation, courage, and confidence.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
Flint, MI - born & raised. American Academy of Dramatic Arts, UCLA, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Actors Studio.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
The director. I understand that theater is a medium for writers, but if you don't have a good director even a well written play can look bad. I recently saw a show that was well written but the director didn't seem to be able to pull everything together. She could not get all the different acting styles to gel. Each actor seemed to be acting in a completely different play. The director has to take responsibility for everything but first and foremost, as Harold Clurman says in his book "On Directing" a director's first responsibility is to block the play. So many young directors don't know how to block a play and that can ruin a play no matter how well it is written.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
The Adventures of Superbunny is based on an award winning/best selling children's book written by Amber L. Spradlin. I met Amber while teaching a workshop in story theater. She was the best student and we became friends. Once her first book in this "Thumperino" series of adventures was published (Thumperino is Superbunny's real name) we discussed the possibility of it becoming a musical and here we are.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Maggie Smith. Who wouldn't want to get a fan letter from Dame Maggie? I've seen her on stage, on television, and in film and she never fails to impress. It would be an honor.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
I love theater festivals. Especially international theater festivals. Bringing so many cultures together in one spot is a wonderful thing. I've done many festivals including the grand daddy of them all - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 6 times. The Edinburgh Festival was created after World War II to heal the world through art and I don't think there could a higher goal in life.