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Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2013

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nikki Lauren
February 26, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry is six original short plays about the Staten Island Ferry each with a surprise twist ending.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I am very fortunate to be able to work as a full time artist. When I'm not working on a play, I am working as a Sundog Theatre teaching artist instructing drama classes for young people in public schools in Staten Island and at the Staten Island Children's Museum. I am also the writer and producer for Kill-Her Entertainment, an independent Murder/Mystery and Music Company.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
has been produced by Sundog Theatre annually for 11 years in a row, using new original short plays created and chosen by submission about the Staten Island Ferry.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I was excited to be asked to direct for Scenes from The Staten Island Ferry this year for several reasons, the most important is that I believe in the need for new playwrights to have a venue for their voice. Also, Sundog Theatre's production bridges two borough's by performing this play in Staten Island and then again at the Vital Theatre in NYC allowing my work and the work of the other artists to be seen by industry professionals and a broader audience.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Well, the word is most definitely "surprising". Each author had to provide a twist ending to their play, so audiences should be in for a fun time with lots of ...wow!..so that's the story.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is very important to the theatre I participate in, or the theater I see. I believe the human nature reflected in art is colorful, subjective and moody. Mamet or Shakespeare..why not love both ..I do.