nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rebeca Radoszkowicz
October 11, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Actor: Alcandre, a voodoo priestess.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil to an Eastern European Jewish Hippie Intellectual father and an Afro- Indigenous Brazilian mother. I was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I went to school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI and Pace University in NYC.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I think the playwright is, fundamentally, the most important because she "births" the art. The director "raises" it and teaches it manners, and the actor "copulates" with it. But without the "birth", it doesn't exist!
What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
The visits from the ghosts of Marie Laveau and Pierre Corneille, giving us warnings and advice and energy.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would make it my life's work to create theatre with the youth in the slums of third world countries, as a means of education and escapism. With 5 million, I would travel to these countries and hold workshops and experiments in creation, while providing them meals and classes. With the other 5 million I would set up a festival in Europe and/ or America as a platform to "display" the work and welcome any other work that was born of a similar ideology.