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Reborning

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sky Seals
July 2, 2013

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

What is your show about?
In Reborning, Kelly, a pill popping addict, is a sculptor of dolls who gets a new client, Emily, a woman mourning a decades-old tragedy. As these two work together to create the perfect doll, both women are haunted by experiences from their past.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Denver, CO. My family traveled a lot when I was young, but we settled in Rapid City, SD when I was in 4th grade. I stayed there through High School, and then did my freshman year at the University of Minnesota as an Opera major, before transferring to the University of Northern Colorado to pursue Musical Theater instead.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
I think audiences everywhere are interested in new, exciting theater, but regional theaters tend to be a little more wary to produce original works. There aren't as many cities across the country where adults go see plays/musicals that they haven't already seen on the big screen or on the Tony's. New Yorkers tend to believe that by seeing new pieces of theater, they are on the ground level of experiencing something that might eventually be a big deal. How great would it be if that market was possible nationwide? Oh wait...it is now that we have the internet, which can give the same exposure to an original series made in Nebraska as from LA!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Our audience tends to talk into the wee hours of the night ANYway...but this piece, in particular, has themes and ambiguities that can ignite controversial conversations that might last several days or weeks. "Reborning" is not a simple, cut-and-dry story. There are many aspects that can be argued, re-interpreted, and pondered over. That's why Wide Eyed picked it for our "Winks" reading series, and that's why I've been looking forward to producing it since we started these readings back in December!

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Well, my first instinct is Marge Simpson. She has a kind of hidden darkness in her that comes out sometimes (The Canyonero episode, for example)and hints at a deep, underlying discontentment. Not that I think she might have been a "dumpster baby" (hint), but she has the best chance of flipping out and doing something horribly drastic to her family. Hopefully that's not how they end The Simpsons someday....

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Honestly, I would buy real estate in New York. A building with a theater, a bar, rehearsal studios, a sound studio, and an office. There's just no substitution for cheap/free space in this city, especially for us Indie theater artists. Those companies who have had the grace of a free space are able to focus their energies on producing their own brand of art, promoting it in this highly competitive market, and giving it the production values it needs to tell the story. When you're spending most of your time raising money to pay for a theater and rehearsal space (where most of the Off Off communities' budget goes), you get bogged down and can easily lose track of what makes Indie theater so great in New York...taking chances!!