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Bird in the Hand

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Alejandro Rodriguez
August 26, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I definitely like to read plays. Obviously I like to read the plays I'm in or I'm auditioning for, but I also like to read plays I have nothing to do with so that I can dream them up whole. I like plays that make me stand up when I read them.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
... utilizes flamingos, theme parks, airport security and the SATs to paint a picture of loneliness that (we hope) is also very, very funny.

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
I remember reading the play before my first audition, and being totally fascinated and a little disoriented by it, especially by the fact that there were several scenes that involved flamingos and one major plot point that hilariously involves one, too. I thought, how the hell are they going to pull this off, you know? But the first rehearsal I saw Alicia, Robert, and Theo, our three amazing dancers, play around with a little of Katie Workum's choreography, all my questions about those birds were answered. Their scenes became, and still are, my favorite parts of the show.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I want to say SEXY but probably SURPRISING. Though it's definitely not lacking in sex appeal.

Who are your heroes?
I have many, of course, but two that come to mind are my grandfather, and Ray Allen. My grandfather has always been a role model for me and my brothers, and Ray Allen will soon accomplish two of my childhood fantasies: playing Rosario Dawson's boyfriend in a movie and winning a championship with the Miami Heat.