nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nathan James
September 20, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Writer and performer.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was an eighth grade student at C.A.P.A middle school. I was performing a folk tale at the Fulton Theater in Pittsburgh and I was getting a great response from the audience when I was on stage. The next day, I was an extra in An American Dream (The Jackson Movie), and i got a chance to meet and talk to Angela Basset. I knew from that moment that I wanted to perform for the rest of my life.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in United Solo that...?
...addresses the modern day concerns of the African American community as a whole. Many people think because there are no more nooses hanging from the trees and that because Barack Obama is president that everything in the past, which have caused the conditions we're in today, has washed away. Growing Pains attacks the root of the issue, and makes characters in these communities human beings instead of just a story on your television.