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Advance Guard

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ming Peiffer
April 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Occupy Wall Street meets Fight Club meet the Art World.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
This has been a recurring question for me as a developing artist, particularly with our new show, ADVANCE GUARD, which demands a lot from our actors... I like to think that if the choices you make in your artwork are supported, then the boundaries become your friend, and the true artwork then becomes your decisions of which lines you choose to step over and where you choose to hold back. I guess my only boundary is that I would not (if I can help it) take part in something I felt was damaging to my personal artistic beliefs and aesthetics. I don't want to write something for the sake of saying I wrote something. I always want to be involved with a deeply personal, highly intelligent type of theatre that takes risks, asks questions, and has a loftier goal of just pure entertainment for an audience (though I want to entertain them too!)

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
Has an orgy?

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
This show is a wild one. There is full frontal nudity, explicit language, rampant drug use, abrasive political opinions, and blood... Lots of blood.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
Theater festivals give artists a chance to display their work in venues they might not be able to afford otherwise. Festivals also provide help with marketing, press, and raise the overall visibility of your theatre work. Many festivals also feature work from abroad, which I think is crucial to upping our awareness about the constantly changing theatre world and broadening our perspective when critiquing and creating our own art. Some of the best shows I've seen this past year were from places like Belarus and Japan.