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Crossing Verrazano

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sean Hefferon
October 12, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor, Fight Choreographer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I did my first musical at 7 years old, I fell in love with theater. I had always loved the old movie musicals, and enjoyed being taken to musicals, but it took me having my first taste at being part of the art, to officially set me on the theater path. I've always been intrigued with story telling, and so theater is a perfect medium to not only be part of telling a story, but to also have influence over how the story is told and received.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I have dabbled in film and television, but nothing compares to the thrill of performing in front of a live audience. The energy of the people watching directly effects each individual performance, and the performance is never completely set in stone. As an actor you have the ability to continue to make discoveries and thereby settle more and more in to the character(s) you are portraying. I also love the gratification of hearing feedback. Not just praise (in the cases that apply) but more generally how the audience reacts to the show. Feelings felt, thoughts had, etc.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I am an actor currently in the process of developing a separate new work, and it has been one of the most thrilling projects that I've ever worked on. Not only did I want to continue in that vein of performing in a play that is a work in progress, but the subject matter spoke to me as well. There are many things going on in society today that are reflected in this show, such as the pressure of a bad economy, and needless violence among youth.

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?
Death of a Salesman. It has similar themes of a character feeling cornered by a changing society.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Having diversity in theater is absolutely essential. If all theater was telling the same story, or using the same methods to tell the story, the art form would not only be incredibly boring, but would lose all power and influence. I probably would not be part of the theater community if there was no diversity considering there would be no stimulation to keep my interest or challenges to overcome.