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I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair on My Face)

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sonya Kelly
August 19, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer and performer.

What is your show about?
The story of a little girl who couldn't see but didn't know,

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in in Dublin, Ireland. I was raised in the leafy suburbs of south county Dublin in the village of Blackrock. I studied Drama and Classics at Trinity College Dublin. Life was a blur until I was seven and then it changed forever.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I love this question. It's up there with, 'What makes banana bread taste so good? The banana or the bread?' It is the ultimate conundrum but I know one thing: when you have the right people in the room, it is creative alchemy. It is the reason I Can See Clearly Now is spending September at 59E59. The best ingredients went into the cake.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There is a very special moment in this play where I pass on a nugget of wisdom given to me in my childhood to one particular audience member for them to take home for themselves. It has reached people in ways I never imagined when I wrote the play and strange coincidences have come about because of it. That's all I'm saying...

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Oh, Lady M, I guess. In my interpretation she is a procrastinator called Lady Em...who misspent her youth on European exchange programs with Hamlet who was a bad influence. I also make my own pasta which could add a whole new layer to the hand washing scene.

Who are your heroes?
My literary hero is David Rakoff, the New York based, Canadian non fiction writer. He had the most eloquent command of the English language. His work is like reading ballet. He died in 2012 and I still get sad that there will never be any more. If I could write one single sentence as well as David Rakoff it would be my greatest achievement.