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Another Life

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Abraham Makany
March 26, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
From 9/11 to 2009, the torture story on display at home and abroad, in poetry, gritty reality, and dark comedy.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Thought provoking theater. Not just through some gimmick or display of spectacle but through challenging the status quo in society, revealing important truths, changing perceptions and expanding boundaries.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
tells the real truth of the torture program and how it was used to brutalize, create fear and lead us in to war. It is the only play that offers redemption through knowing, understanding and feeling the truth about what we did as a nation.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Way into the wee hours of night and the next day too. And then they'll want to come back and see it again.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Very important. Important to challenge stereotypes that people have been told to believe as societal norms. People are more than just the color of their skin. So-called "ethnic actors" often have a wide and deep experience of life that can enhance any role. Thts what I believe.