Smooching & Slashing: Anatomy of a First Kiss
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Robert Weinstein
October 11, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan (a suburb north of Detroit). I did under-grad work at the University of Kansas, post-graduate work at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and Kiklos Teatro in Padova, Italy, and am currently pursuing a Library Science degree at Pratt Institute in good ole New York City. (That was a very long sentence. Did you get through it all right? Good. Now go grab yourself a scone and a cup of coffee and relax.)
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
No one's more important. Everyone has their responsibilities - the size and ranges vary - but shows are a collaborative effort and even the smallest efforts can make a huge difference.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met everyone on the show through classes and shows at The Magnet Theater. They're extremely funny and talented people. I'd admired their work for a very long time, hoped their talents would rub off on me and bribed each accordingly.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Daffy Duck. More subdued perhaps, and a tad more liquid-y, but definitely Daffy Duck. (The show's initial concept was based on "Duck Amuck." If you haven't already seen it, get thee to YouTube, post-haste!)
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would split the money four ways between "The Debate Society," "Nature Theater of Oklahoma," "Trusty Sidekick," and Chet Siegal. And tell them to go nuts with it.