nytheatre.com q&a preview by Vishal Vaidya
July 15, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
One Man, Two Guv'nors. Hands down. It's a well-oiled comedy machine! And even though the show is an adaptation, the storytelling was inventive and surprising. I've never laughed so hard during a show.
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
So many reasons. I knew the Director (Ameneh Bordi) and Playwright (Evan Sanderson) from doing CapFringe in DC last year, and I think they are both brilliant. Evan's script is simultaneously hysterical and devestating, and it's fresh, and accessible, and universal. Plus, I'm new to the city, so I thought doing FringeNYC would be a great way to meet people and see some great work.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Definitely wee hours. The comedic moments are so well written people will probably almost pee themselves. On a deeper level, however, I think the play represents a diversity of attitudes toward love, and I'm hoping people will identify with one or more of those perspectives and compare them with their own views on love.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I mean, there's drinking in the show, so Snooki would probably enjoy that, and drink along, but I think maybe Edison might like it the most. Only because I would imagine him to be as awkward, nerdy, and socially inept as many of the characters in our show!
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If I had $10 Million to spend on theatrical endeavors (other than mine own) I would probably set up a theatre scholarship fund at my Alma Mater, American University. I think education is important, and I think college is way to expensive, especially in a field where education and income don't necessarily correlate. I calculated with current tuition, and if one student in each class got a full-tuition scholarship, 67 students would get full rides to the school in as many years. Not too shabby, if my fictional millionaire self says so!