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When Thoughts Attack

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Padraic Lillis
July 26, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What is your show about?
A hilarious solo show about anxiety and the challenge of ordering lunch.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was raised in Fairport, New York. A suburb of Rochester. And I went to school at SUNY New Paltz. That is where I met Kelly. She was the lead in my senior directing project. The Caucasian Chalk Circle. And it only took us twenty years to work together again. Honestly, it seems like no time has passed.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
there is a better than fifty percent chance the performer and an audience member will leave half way through the performance to take a ride on the Water Taxi.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
The show is full of moments of spontaneity. And I appreciate all of them. However, my favorite moment of the show is when Kelly has gone so far away from the original play she was setting out to perform that she loses track of why or what she is supposed to be doing. It is a brilliant moment of honesty - and courageous. And the audience feels that from her and it is what makes the play moving as well as hilarious.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. Kelly is brilliant at not getting ahead of herself. And sharing herself fully with the audience. She is a very disciplined performer, the show is consistent in many ways. However, it is always surprising because of her relationship with the audience and her willingness to be affected differently each night.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Great question. And simple answer. I am in the process of forming a company. My goal is to create a space to develop artists, companies, and projects through classes, workshops and productions. I want to call it The Farm - for both the idea of a place that grows things organically, but also like baseball - and the farm system: elevating early career professionals to the highest level of artistry in the industry. Ultimately I would like to have a space for artists to workshop and develop - and produce their work. I would use the money to create and support that space; as well as provide funding for artists who are in the development process. Part of the money would be for marketing in order to create visibility for these emerging artists. That is why I am so grateful to The Cell Theater for providing this consistent opportunity for Kelly to perform. The Cell has given her a home so that others can be aware of and discover her genius talent.