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From Busk Till Dawn: The Life of an NYC Street Performer

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Tim Intravia
July 9, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Performer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
My first job out of college was writing commercials for a small market West Virginia/Maryland news station. We couldn't find ANY one to act in them so I started doing so, I made $50 for one (which is still running 10 years later) and realized I enjoyed being in front of the camera as much as behind it. I then got cast as Stanley in Streetcar in a community theater. I thought I was the greatest actor ever, and figured if I got cast as HIM in my first role, I'll have no problem working professionally! Oh what I have learned since.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
will feature an actual NYC street performer in all his get up telling it how it actually is. Sure some other show may have a robot or someone wearing a crazy outfit, but this is a real life street performer giving you a glimpse of his actual life, mixed with stellar writing. It's a fun ride, get your ticket (but you'll want to be a certain (adult) height to ride)!

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
When you tell someone you make your living as a silver street performer in NYC, the barrage of questions begins. "How do you stand so still?" "Do you talk?" "Do you wear adult diapers?" Seriously! I wrote this show to answer all those questions you would ask if we met at a bar and I told you what I did. It was more me trying to save energy and instead of answering everyone individually, I can just pass a flier and say check out the show.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Well Edison would definitely respect my tenacity and persistence, but hands down SNOOKI would be all about my show. I don't think she'd actually watch the show (cause she's generally passed out drunk anytime between June-May), but she would see me in silver standing still like a statue, drunkenly stumble on the stage, grab my ass while spilling beer on her boobs and tell Pauly D to take her picture with me. She'd then forget (or not even realize) she should tip, start screaming at her gals and fall down in a pile of her own vomit.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
People should still go to the beach, the mountains and the latest crappy superhero spinoff movie, but they should also come to FringeNYC because they will see some great, brand new ground breaking theater. You have every option you want. You like solo shows? Come see mine. You're into musicals? Take your pick. You enjoy wacky crazy performance art? Use the search on Fringenyc.org and pick your poison. The great thing about FringeNYC is that it is eclectic, affordable and something you will remember. You can look back on my show after it has its Broadway run and epic trilogy directed by Spielberg and say "I saw it in Fringe, before it was cool!" (I kid of course.......but do I?