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nytheatre.com q&a preview by ALi Landvatter
July 25, 2012

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

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I've known I wanted to be in theatre for as long as I can remember, but it definitely solidified through many experiences, the first of which was from my young childhood. I grew up on a tiny little island in Alaska, where there wasn't any real creative outlet. As a result, my mom started a community theater. It took off bigger and faster than anyone would have thought. The whole community really pulled together in the creation of the shows, and it seemed to my little self that the whole island was there on the night of the performance. Even as a kid, I felt the impact that theatre makes on the community, and how it brings people together, and that's exactly what I still strive to do today.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I have been to New York a few times, and whenever I visit, I love how open and exploratory the theatre and performance community is. This makes me feel eager to come and be a part of it, both as a spectator, taking it all in, as well as a performer, to see what reactions we receive.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
All of us attended a physical theatre school in 2006, where we immediately bonded. The type of work we did, and do now, is very intense and puts you in a very vulnerable place, which in a good, solid group like this one, creates a strong feeling of trust. We all can play together, truly play together, without fear or holding back, which really can bring out the most fantastic (and weird!) performances I personally have ever been a part of.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I'm going to go with SEXY. I mean, can you get sexier than giant frog monster in a bra and a tutu? If you can, I don't want to know about it.

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
YES. I definitely believe theatre can change society, and in many ways. Part of what has drawn me to theatre my whole life is how it unites people. I don't mean people will always feel the same about it, or even agree on ideas about the show they've seen, but they all can be affected. The type of theatre that I hope to do will incite dialogue, make people talk about things. Whether they agree or disagree, simply getting people to talk about current issues, societal issues, or even just human issues, this gets people communicating with each other, and that is what helps create a community.