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The Pavilion

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Tim Elliott
July 25, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
A Minnesota high school reunion provides the charmed backdrop for Craig Wright’s story of first loves, lost loves, and the past we can’t erase.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not working on a play, I'm trying to seek out another play, obviously, as many working actors are wont to do. I'm looking for the next story that I thank can use my help in the telling. I love to read scripts,and see plays, and the luxury of living in New York is that the stage is all around us. My head is also, constantly, in books, film, and t.v. as well as the world of podcast. I'm a story junkie, and I feel that my work gets strengthened by watching the ways in which others are successful in that pursuit.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
One of the real Beauties of theater is the collaboration, so to say one thing is more "important" than the other feels false. But Everyone's life is blessed by good writing. Craig Wright has written a beautiful, solidly crafted play, and everyone at work on this production is in service to that.

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?
I'm featured quite a bit, so there are a hundred delicious moments where I really get to be many people, and do many things, and That is a Joy. But what I am most exited for are the parts where I am allowed to be an audience to the central action of the play.The story delivers a real "gut-punch",and I am most excited to share that with the audience.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Marge. No doubt. This play deals with loss, and regret. Our characters are reconciling the choices they made when they were young, with the adults they have become. Marge is a happy homemaker, but there's always a sadness there.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd give a million each to ten different small theater companies. Our world is so much more than what is happening in mainstream commercial theater. I know many great companies, that work their tails off for funding. If I can make it easier for them to create, I would.