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The Sandman’s Coming

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Molly Ballerstein
January 22, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Playwright.

What is your show about?
The beauty of life entangles with the heavy security of addiction when what is real is only perceived through the sense of touch by one man.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I will not take part in any theatre that involves violence as entertainment. The dulling of our senses to violence through entertainment and media allows for horrors to continue on that we see as everyday occurrences.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
For me, there has always been a quality within the theatre that I have never found within any other entertainment medium. A magic about people being present in the room with you without and barrier between you. This for me sets theatre above all the rest and is why I love to continue on my journey working in the field.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I am interested in working on any theatre that explores a question about society or human beings that I find intriguing and without an answer. This show is an exploration of the way addiction and identity are linked in our minds,not only by the addict's themselves but by many people in their lives and society. As someone that has seen and been affected by addiction within friends, family, and loved ones this piece is another way for me to explore how addiction is seen and how it affects us.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Philip Seymour Hoffman!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely! I believe that any form of art can bring about societal change. Change starts small in the hearts of one person at a time, the more approachable and accessible we make theatre the more change can occur as a result of it.