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Sheherizade

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rodney Earl Jackson Jr.
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Producer, Creator, Actor.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theatre that is ensemble based. Meaning theatre that incorporates the thoughts, ideas, and creative genius of a team. One person's vision may be incredible, but the theatre that I most enjoy to work on involves several artistic minds working together to evoke something that hasn't been seen before. In our production, "Sheherizade", ensemble is key!

Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Last year I had the privileged to be about of FringeNYC in a show called, "Chien De Moi", created by the IN The Basement theatre company. A company that formed in college at Carnegie Mellon University, by a lovely directing alumni, Sophia Shrank. It was an experience like none other and I wouldn't change that for the world. "Sheherizade" will be my second time in the FringeNYC festival.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
My collaborator is a fellow acting major at Carnegie Mellon University by the name of Aidaa Peerzada. She had the majority of the creative vision for the theatre experience that we are creating. She wrote the script and at one point played the leading character. we were drawn together while thinking of something to enter in our school's student run theatre festival "Playground", and out of the sweat and tears came our creation, "Sheherizade".

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
Definitely The Book Of Mormon. Mainly because we are a new and original musical about a rich and somewhat controversial topic that is told through song, dance, and other theatrical mediums. Except, "Sheherizade" doesn't go door to door, instead story to story!

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would create a theatre company in my hometown San Francisco. It would be comprised of my peers, friends, and fellow theatre lovers. The Company would be affordable for everyone; theatre should always be accessible, even to the poor and mis-educated. I wholeheartedly believe it is possible for this vision to be a reality!