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Test-Do you really want to know? Are you positive?

nytheatre.com q&a preview by William LoCasto
April 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Six 10-minute plays about the newly-released at-home HIV test and the ramifications therein.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When not actually writing, I'm preparing to write. I'm watching theater, film, television, good or bad, as all of it furthers the learning process. Often while sitting in a coffee shop, riding the subway, working out at the gym, walking around the city, I'll just watch people, listen to conversations, read body language, try to get the gist of a situation with only a few glances. I'll pay attention to and try to decipher what emotions are at work when people do or say things, what's underneath. This is how we truly get better at the craft of writing and it never stops.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
To date, I've been quite fortunate in my writing career and it's primarily due to the relationship I have developed and continue to develop with Cheryl King and Stage Left Studio where nearly all of my work has been produced -- 2009: "NY/XY", "The Suitcase", "...And Scene", ; 2010: "Play Dead"; 2011: "4:01: Parts 1-3"; 2012: "Treatment"; and this new production of "Test" which Cheryl and I both could not be more proud of. We expect it to be monumental as art and to us personally.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Without a doubt, Ang Lee. In every film he directs — "Brokeback Mountain", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Sense And Sensibility", "Life Of Pi" — he manages to find the humanity, the vulnerability, the strength, the weakness of each and every character perhaps better than anyone working today. And the versatility of his projects and the ease with which he glides from one genre to the next is something to be admired and emulated.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
Theater festivals are important because they expose not only the work of up-and-coming artists but they expose the artists themselves to the world of theater. Success in theater is not just about writing, directing and acting, it's about learning the process of getting work produced, of figuring out the best way to get your art presented in the ways in which you want it to be presented. It serves as a great networking tool as well, as a way to meet like-minded individuals, those that you'll collaborate with and learn from, and those that may learn from you which would be the greatest reward of all.