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Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Alice Spivak, Artistic Director and Director
September 3, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was always called "the actress" in my Brooklyn neighborhood growing up, not because I was acting out so much, but because every insensitive act made me cry. I really knew I wanted to be in the theatre when I was 15, and was walked into a Broadway theatre by Jack Palance to see a play he was in, "Darkness at Noon" by Sidney Kingsley. When the curtain went up, I was hooked almost instantly, watching live actors telling a story.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
is made up of student/colleagues from my Advanced Scene Study Workshop. In effect, we have been rehearsing one of the plays in this show over a period of a year, and the other for about six months. There is a real ensemble here that's been formed slowly and surely.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Although they are comedies, the show's universality lies in the true and very current issue of veterans' difficulty in re-entering their civilian lives after witnessing the inhumanity of the battlefield. McLure's hero may be a Vietnam war vet, but it speaks of today's war veterans' problems even more poignantly.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
No doubt Bruce Springsteen, whose art sings of and to the American common man.

Who are your heroes?
My mentors, Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen; the master, Konstantin Stanislavski; and all actors who strive and are committed to an enlightened theatre experience.