Island; Or, To Be or Not to Be
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Virginia Sommer
September 23, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
It was when I was five or six years old. My parents took me to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minnesota to see "Annie." I was blown away! I’ve wanted to be Annie ever since.
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
This summer I saw "Clybourne Park." I was very affected by the play: It was uncomfortable. It was entertaining. I participated and was part of "Clybourne Park" even from my seat in the balcony.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
It’s a drama celebrating Shakespeare in themes and tropes. The story is a comedy and a love story.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Thomas Edison because he would be familiar with the ideas and format and he would also appreciate how innovative it is—bringing the past into the future.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I think theater changes as society changes. Civil rights and gay rights have both been supported by drama and theater.