nytheatre.com q&a preview by Andrus Nichols
September 5, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I love to read plays—and I read a lot of them. I like to read them in one sitting (sometimes out loud), as if I’m sitting in the theatre—I even usually take the intermission in the right place and put it down for ten or fifteen minutes.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do also work in film, and I’m interested in film, but for different reasons. There is something about the “event” of theater that has always particularly appealed to me––both as a performer and as an audience member. It’s truly alive in a way that other mediums of story-telling aren’t in quite the same way. It HAPPENS. Right there. Every night. And it’s always a little different. There’s magic in that.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
While these are some of my favorite Williams plays, I primarily wanted to participate in this project primarily because it meant working with an incredibly talented and dedicated group of people. I began coaching with Ken Schtaz (director) a number of years ago. I was also intimately familiar with the work of most of the other actors on the project––and I have tremendous respect for them. Everyone involved is particularly smart and playful--it's a stellar group.
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