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nytheatre.com q&a preview by Vickie Ramirez
March 29, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
This is a play about the complex tapestry that is Identity, though there is lots of romance and angst too - angst out the yingyang, if thats your thing

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I didn't really know I wanted to work in theater but for some reason I would obsessively read plays. I'd go to the library (back in the wayback machine that was our internet) and I would get Shakespeare, Shaw or Chekov and just read the stories. The librarians would egg me on, and I remember Mrs. Edwards gave me Dylan Thomas to read and that was pretty much it.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Theater is truly collaborative. That's what makes it so magical. Everyone, from the director to the prop master gets a voice.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I've know the AD of Mixed Phoenix for years, when we both were just starting out. I met the director through the company, half of the actors I've known for years, the other half are fresh to this piece though one of them I know as a playwright, we both were in the Emerging Writers Group (but different years) at the Public Theater

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Zeppo, he needs a little more attention

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely! Theater turns an introspective eye upon the world, magnifying its flaws and beauty.