nytheatre.com q&a preview by Adina Taubman
October 29, 2012
What is your job on this show?
actor and producer.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in New York City. I was raised in San Diego. I went to Sarah Lawrence College, and I received my MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater because I love the thrill and challenge of performing in front of a live audience. It's an exciting, communal event. The shared energy is amazing. It's the best medium for story telling.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
BARKING GIRL is about identity and the narrative we create for ourselves in our lives. What happens when a huge change happens, like having a baby, how does that affect our identity, our sense of self? How can we live authentically, rather than living by the societal expectations that a role, like that of "mom", places on us? The play is a very funny and touching look at modern motherhood. I think the audiences that see it will come away thinking more deeply about these questions of identity, as well as having a renewed appreciation for the beauty in their lives.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Who are your heroes?
Meryl Streep, Anna Deveare Smith, Anne Frank, Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand, Nelson Mandela, Tom Mauser and all of the parents who lost their children at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and all of the survivors of that massacre.