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Four Messages

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ned Massey
March 21, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright and actor.

What is your show about?
Man encounters God; mayhem, suffering and hilarity ensue, along with awesome music!

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I work a couple nights a week managing a restaurant in Brooklyn. I bartend private parties. I do voice over work. I record songs in my recording studio. I act in plays. But mostly these days, I write. I just finished my second musical and am starting my third.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
...is an incredibly moving musical (sort of) about faith. love and forgiveness that features Ned Massey's music.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I think people will talk about it way into the night, because most of the people I know drink way too much coffee. Also, because the show deals with big issues in an intimate, personal, human way that we all can hopefully relate to, and hence want to talk about.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo I guess. Funny bordering on obnoxious, goofy, but then capable of moments that are really moving. That's this show. And probably me, too.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd first buy some land upstate where I'd build a bunch of small houses that other artists could come stay at and work on their art for extended periods. We'd get together at night and show our work. The rest would go toward promoting art. Oh, and I'd give up the restaurant gig. And I'd get a puppy.