The Atomic View Motel
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sandy Oppedisano
June 10, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
When the detonation of an atom bomb transports a 1950s family into 2013, all hell breaks loose when they meet their modern counterparts - and hilarity ensues!
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was actually a bit of a late bloomer - unlike many actors who were theater majors in college, I actually pursued acting for the first time a few years out of college. I had performed in some local productions and immediately fell in love with the theater and rehearsal process. There's nothing better than performing in front of a live (and responsive) audience - and the spontaneity that live theater offers to an actor is invaluable.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
... is this funny. Seriously. This show is absolutely hilarious! The playwright (Scott Seiffert) has an amazing ability to write for comedy - the dialogue of this play is quick, witty and sharp - and our director (Jonny Schroeder) has an incredible vision for the show. It's to the point where we actors are having a hard time keeping it together during rehearsal! It's really that much fun.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I was originally cast in this show as an actor only - I had never produced a piece of theater in my life. Then the day before our first rehearsal we learned that the producer had to unfortunately step down - and as a result, the show had to be cancelled. The entire cast was devastated - we all loved the script and were really looking forward to putting on a great performance. I personally believed in this script so much that I took a leap of faith (and my tax return) and decided to produce it myself. And let me tell you, I am having the time of my life!
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Definitely Bugs Bunny! The humor of this play is very similar to that of a typical Bugs Bunny cartoon - sharp, quick, slap-sticky and a bit sophisticated.
Who are your heroes?
I don't have any one particular hero, but to me a hero is anyone who has the courage and kindness of self to take on a big risk - whether it's creative, business-oriented, emotional, altruistic, etc. It doesn't always have to be successful in the end - but the courage of one person will inadvertently give permission to others to reach out for want they want as well. I mean, whatever it is you want to do - SOMEONE has to do it, right? Well, why can't that someone be YOU?