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Q and Y: A Brief Comedy About Death

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ryan William Downey
April 13, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor/Producer.

What is your show about?
Q and Y is a deconstruction of the more hilarious portions of death.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Elyria, OH, which was founded in 1817 by the weirdo Ely family, who borrowed the name from Shakespeare's ficitonal "Illyria," and one of which kept himself and his son locked in a mansion for 60 years after his wife died. So the story goes. It's a lovely town. I think about it all the time. I later attended Kent State University, the student murder capital of the United States.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I ask myself that every day. I'll get back to you.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Theresa Buchheister, whom I am co-director of Title:Point Productions with, wrote this show around 8 years ago. When we moved into our new home at The Silent Barn, we wanted to take some of the older works that we have developed and re-contextualize them in this new space. The Silent barn is an environment of rebirth. I had read the script, previously, and was very excited to dive into it. I love Theresa's writing. She writes all the ugly, stupid thoughts you have and makes them funny and sad. And it allows us to indulge in our silent movie fetish, which very much influences the style of this piece.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
GROUCHO. Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
God, I hope not. The last thing I want to deal with while ordering a tuna salad sandwich at a bodega is a showtune or a quick change.