Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Seth Lepore
January 24, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
A hysterical romp through America’s spiritual enterprise exposing the blurry line between self-help and faith.
Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
The only thing I won't do is schlock in an unironic way. I'm not a fan of productions that are purely for entertainment. They bore me. The productions needs to have guts, be absurd or have a ton of heart for me to take part.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
No one is more important than the other but if I had to name one it would be the actor because if they aren't on stage nothing is happening. Really, nothing at all.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
The new age and self-help movements are really hysterical. When I started to write this show I kept having to fall over in laughter because of the absurdity of it all. I love to mirror back to an audience what I see happening in our culture and there is a lot of seeping of the self-help world into the mainstream that people don't realize. I like to point that out in subtle and not so subtle ways.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Snooki wouldn't understand what the hell was going on and would have mixed feelings. Doesn't she always have mixed feelings though? She's very mixy.
Why are theater festivals so very important?
Artists get exposure, people are excited to take risks on something new, community is built in a short amount of time. Yup.