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The Weight of Water

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Myra Slotnick
April 11, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Nine days after Hurricane Katrina, two rescue workers wash up on the doorstep of a woman by the name of Pearl Haynes, wreaking more havoc than any force of nature can conjure.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was about 6 yrs old my mother took me to our local community theatre to see MAME...I was transfixed. I truly couldn't believe my eyes and ears, and I knew from that moment on I wanted to be a part of that world. (not MAME, but theatre in general:)

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
has the historic Provincetown Theater name attached to it.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Our company (Director, Actors, Creative Team) has been together, in its' entirety, for two years...from our world premiere in Provincetown, to a reading at the Abingdon, to now a full production in NY. I wanted to work with director David Drake the first minute that I saw his work, and after he agreed to helm my play, we hand-picked our cast and crew. We all came together in the most harmonious way, especially creatively.

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

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Someone once said "If it's not worth dying for it's not worth writing." This is my personal philosophy in all my work. The stakes are high and change must happen, and change is what good theatre is all about...looking at the world in a different way than you did before...it influences people and, therefore, society.