nytheatre.com q&a preview by Stefani (Miller) Searcy
September 14, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I always LOVED performing, but growing up, theatre was something you SAW. My parents took us to the Dallas Summer Musicals, and my life changed. But I grew up in a family where you had to get a real degree and a real job. It wasn't until I was 30 that I began to really perform in our community theatre in Bryan, TX, The Theatre Company (formerly 'magination Station). After two years, I quit my job and moved to New York!
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
All are equally important! It's all about brining the three together to make the best production possible. The playwright may have a specific vision, but the actor may bring something new to the table that works. Same with the Director. It's exciting to be a part of productions where the three can work together to bring greatness. There's a fine line, though. We each have to respect each other, as well. And as an actor, I have to trust both the playwright and director and let the work speak for itself.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Due to some personal asides, I had to step away from performing for awhile. Frank Blocker, bless him, gave me the perfect venue to come back to the stage with rich monologues that I can own on stage. And I feel like I am coming home. There is nothing like the stage...interacting with the audience...transforming, while also staying true to myself. There is nothing like it, really!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Smart! Frank Blocker has a brilliant way with words. You will laugh, contemplate, laugh some more...and maybe shed a tear.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre can ABSOLUTELY bring about societal change! Throughout the history of the stage, lessons and morals are explored through the stage. The theatre puts a mirror up to society. Sometimes by it's farce, or mockery, or plain truth, we cannot help but at least be affected by it. Sometimes, theatre makes us uncomfortable...and that is a good thing. We grow when there is discourse because something has to change. Theatre is the 'safest' venue.