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Circle

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Suzanne Bachner
April 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright and Director.

What is your show about?
2 actors play 8 characters - gay, straight and bi - linked in a daisy-chain of sexual encounters from New York to LA and back.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Manhattan. I went to The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Oberlin College and The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University (first graduating class).

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
They are all equally important, but it all starts with the writer. It works best when there is a symbiotic collaboration. My favorite moments in the process of making theatre are when your collaborators know what you're thinking before you say it and vice versa. Theatrical ESP.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Bob Brader: at the Kraine Theater. He was playing a powerful and vicious character. He was reviting and scared me to pieces. Then I met him on the street after the show and he was sweet and funny. Christel Bartelse: at the London Fringe when she was doing her incredible solo show Oneymoon and Bob was doing his solo show, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil. We were all doing a huge promo parade for the opening of the Festival and Christel was dressed as this beautiful innocent bride while I was dressed as a She-Devil with horns, pitchfork and all. Bob had on his signature black T-shirt and jeans but he wore the tail from my devil outfit dangling from his jeans. He's going to kill me for sharing this!

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Cupid. Every scene features a random couple getting together and getting it on.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd build an arts complex that features independent theatre, film, visual art and literary works. The focus would be on the process of creating the work. Tons of rehearsal space, artist studios and writers' rooms and joint lounges. A bar and a coffee shop. Organic healthy food served cafeteria-style to the artists. It would be a combination art house and incubator. No ticket would be over 10 bucks and one day a week everything would be free. When can I start?