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Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nat Cassidy
July 9, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Writer/Director/Musician.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like my theatre like I like my proctologists: a little dark and twisted, funny, and as probing as possible. I'm also pretty irretrievably drawn to works with what the kids call "genre influence" - particularly horror.

Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I wrote/directed a private detective horror story called THE ETERNAL HUSBAND (loosely based on Dostoevsky's novella) last year, and was one of the titular characters in Fine Feathered Friends' THE RISE AND FALL OF MILES & MILO, by Sara Farrington, in 2007.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about love. It's not about any *specific* kind of love--the point is not about who is coupling with whom--but about the feeling itself. More to the point, it's about just how fucking weird it can be. SONGS OF LOVE is comprised of a series of short plays, each one a twisted little love story. What makes this show particularly special (what makes it a "theatrical mixtape") is that, for every short play, we also get to listen to an original song performed live onstage by a singer-songwriter. It's a really unique combination of darkness and hope, theatre and music, straight-up bizarreness and heartbreaking sincerity. I hope audiences come away from SONGS OF LOVE having seen a little bit of themselves onstage (in a funhouse mirror sort of way) and that they join us in celebrating the utterly unpredictable urges courtesy of that blood-soaked fist knocking on our ribcages.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Well, I want to say Springsteen, because much like his songs, our show features vignettes about ordinary peoples' struggles in the face of something darker and stronger than they are, as well as lots of music that is influenced by some of the same songwriters that influenced him (Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, etc.), but truth be told, if he came to the show he'd be so distracted by my weeping in his presence that he might not get the full effect. So, let's say Edison, 'cause I'm sure he'd find something he'd want to steal and patent under his own name.