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bombsheltered

nytheatre.com q&a preview by adam harlan
July 17, 2012

What is your job on this show?
playwright, director.

Who are your heroes?
People that work hard and respect what they do are very inspiring. Whether it's digging ditches on the side of the road, researching the next miracle drug, teaching students or cleaning toilets, it's important to respect it and be your best at it. That helps you reach your potential. If you respect the work you put into something then it’s much easier to respect yourself. I find potential reaching and working hard very inspiring and the people that accomplish that are my heroes.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
... has a country named after Bruce Springsteen and a God by the name of Fred.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
The show is meant to laugh at the way the world is run and operated. It's a satire that questions what people find important. I hope audiences will take away a good laugh but also think about it well into the night and possibly the next few days.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Definitely Bruce Springsteen because my play has a country named after him called New Springsteen, which turns into The People's Republic of New Springsteen. Trust me, it will make sense if you see the play. People fight for New Springsteen. People would lay down their lives for The People's Republic of New Springsteen.

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I'm sure it can help. It's something that can last for somebody. Theatre can introduce someone to a new way of thinking. It can be a seed that definitely can be developed with help from other sources, if it's watered.