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Crossing Verrazano

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Anthony Fusco
October 11, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Director.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
As a Playwright & a Director I enjoy working on scripts that the public can relate to. My works are all contemporary pieces about or involving alternative lifestyles. A good amount of my work is gay themed, whether it be comedy or drama. I am driven to write about events based on true stories that have elements of shock or suspense in them.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Interesting enough I have had the great pleasure of being the actor, and the playwright, and the director LOL! Definitely all three are important in the making of an outstanding production. You basically can't have one without the other. I feel it's a collaboration of talents that create the success of a show. If we can all feed off of each others ideas and be open to change, that is the key to being successful in this industry.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I can honestly say this show deals with issues of violence and discrimination in our society today. Hopefully the audiences will leave with an understanding that these sort of issues in our society are still a major concern and need to be focused on, and taken more seriously. I want them to have a sense of compassion to any individual that has been a victim of violence or discrimination.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING, would describe my show in one word because of the different elements of suspense I created for the production. I feel it is important for an audience to be surprised, especially when writing a dramatic piece like Crossing Verrazano.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes, absolutely, alot of people in our society are not in touch with certain serious issues we are dealing with today. I feel more people can be educated on the issues of hatred, violence, and bullying by going to the theatre and walk away with a change of attitude.