nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nick Jones
January 22, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
A widow struggles to maintain possession of her aging show biz chimp, who fosters hope of a big television comeback... with tragic consequences.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I did performance poetry in college. I started adding characters. It was fun. I enjoyed the social aspect and it seemed like a good way to spend a life. So far, I was right.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...attempts to explain the thought process of a dangerous animal.
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 am hoping they will talk about all month, so people will buy tickets. It would be hubristic (and jinxing) to really blow too hard on the horn about how amazing this show MIGHT BE, before rehearsals begin, but I will say it's very ambitious, and potentially incredible, given the basic premise, and the team we've assembled. I've been waiting to see this play done for a long time. Actually, fine, I'll just say it: THERE IS NO WAY THIS WON'T BE AMAZING.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Who are your heroes?
Joe Orton, Charles Ludlum, Quentin Tarantino, David Byrne, Benjamin Franklin, Max Ernst, Paracelsus, Woody Allen, Matt Groening, Matt Stone & Tre Parker, Abraham Lincoln