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I Know What Boys Want

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Penny Jackson
March 5, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Vicky, a popular high school senior in a New York City prep school, finds herself the victim of a a sex tape that has gone viral, leading to disgrace, suspension and conflict with her feminist but uncomprehending mother.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theater that makes you jump up in your seat and later will buzz around your head with provocative questions. Theater that is reflected in today's news and when you look outside your window and inside your life.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
combines Gloria Steinem, cyber bullying, sex videos, homophobia, high school, female empowerment, IPhones, Marlon Brando, and The Internet which may be the most important character in my show.

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?
There are several "Oh my God, did he/she really do that!" moments in my show that connect with my themes of family bonding, empowerment, and revenge. These moments jazz me because the characters take enormous risks by performing these actions, and I want the audience to think: am I capable of this if pushed that far?

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I can't choose only one since all apply. SEXY because my play focuses on a sex video gone viral, SURPRISING since there are characters who will find themselves in a situation that they never could ever imagine, SMART because I only create smart female characters, and SMOOTH because one of my characters almost gets away with hell because he is one smooth dude.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I would not be involved in theater if I didn't believe in the power of social change. Think Brecht's MOTHER OF COURAGE and HER CHILDREN. How many soldiers would think about war after seeing that performance? Or RUINED by Lynn Nottage, which made people aware of the atrocities of women in The Congo. Will people vote differently after seeing theater? Maybe. And that Maybe is what is so important.