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The Abduction of Becky Morris

nytheatre.com q&a preview by AJ Cermak
July 26, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was born in Fargo, ND (Yes, like the movie and yes, some people really do talk like that) to theatre director parents. I spent my infant years sleeping in a dresser drawer on the side of the stage and my young childhood playing any "child" role that was required. My first love was dance, but that quickly blossomed into all performance activities. So, really, there wasn't ever an actual "when." Doing theatre has always been in my life. I started directing after a class with my Mom showed me how incredible it was to shape a vision of the playwright's words and help guide actors to finding their path within the play. Besides, I hated memorizing lines so I was happy to turn in my "actor hat" and become "the boss."

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
features the twisted mind of Alison Crane. Where else will you be able to see an octopus, an X-Files agent, and a frank discussion about the different shopping experiences one has at a Target vs. a Wal-Mart?

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
To me, this play is about the search for one's authentic self. As people, we want to be seen and heard for who we truly are; not just what society wants us to be. Becky is on that journey - sometimes it's hysterical and sometimes it's scary. But no matter what, there's pie. Because every good journey also has some pie.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Becky. Only Becky.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
Theatre is alive. Theatre is real people onstage living and breathing and creating new life. And you never know exactly what's going to happen from moment to moment. It's the best gamble out there.