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The Fever

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Simona Maicanescu
January 16, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actress and co-producer.

What is your show about?
In this OBIE Award-winning monologue written by Wallace Shawn between 1985-1990 -- but more relevant today than ever -- a Candide of our times wakes up in the hotel room of a war-torn country and begins probing the foundations of her privileged life, unable to keep pretending that “coats have no history, but just fall down from heaven with prices marked inside.”

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
At 12, when still living in communist Romania, I went to see a play which turned out to be censored and forbidden for political reasons. Although written in 1836, Georg Buchner's Leonce and Lena was still disturbing a society 150 years later. It was a provocative production that made me aware of the power of acting. I fell in love with the stage.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Any of them has a chance to shine, but a team can create combustion.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
It happened as soon as I opened the book at Barnes and Noble, while visiting NYC. The text glued to my brains, US-made glue. I felt, here is a play that should stay alive, be performed. I felt the desire to share it with my French audience. Lars Noren, the most prominent Swedish playwright accepted to direct me. And so far, the European public confirmed that the US-Swedish-French mixture did create combustion.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Smart. And smart.

Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
Theater is a necessary ingredient to oxygen brains and experience feelings. And it can bring about social changes to any kind of society. I witnessed it in my native Romania.