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Fancy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Audrey Thompson
July 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
A Brooklyn couple decides to live it up for a night by spending their anniversary in a ritzy restaurant, hilarity ensues.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama. I went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!) where I studied Telecommunications and film in addition to Theatre. Later, I went on to continue my education at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts two-year acting conservatory, here in New York.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
I think that audiences in New York expect more of you. Here in New York, people are exposed to so much theatre and other art forms, that they expect the very best, which puts a lot of pressure on you, as the artist, but also pushes you to be your very best.

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
Yes, please bring an extra pair of underwear, because you seriously might pee your pants laughing!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising- I think that the "fish out of water" idea behind this show, could easily be very one-dimensional, but we were lucky enough to have a wonderful author/director, Michael Bruck, who poured his heart out into these characters and gave them life. These people are definitely more than meets the eye.

Who are your heroes?
My heroes are all of the people in this wonderful industry that are out there doing the things they love. I know it's not always an easy business, but to do something everyday that scares the hell out of you, impassions and enlivens you, that's truly heroic.