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An Evening With Kirk Douglas

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brian Faas
July 23, 2012

What is your job on this show?
actor.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I won't do nudity on stage. So stop asking, everybody! It's not that I'm a prude; I'm a comedian. I'll do whatever it takes to get a laugh. [makes fart sound] The problem is my body isn't very funny. Seeing me shirtless is neither Magic Mike nor Chris Farley. It's somewhere in the middle - beige, boring, and bleh. I'm a human bowl of oatmeal.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
...kills off legendary film actor Kirk Douglas. Can you believe he's not dead yet? Spartacus is still kicking at 95 years-old.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met the playwright Katherine Maughan through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. All of the actors as well as the director are UCB folks, too. It's nice working with people who all speak the same language.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The Book of Mormon. It's comedy. It's about religion. And there are cute boys in it.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
The beach is dirty. The mountains are like, so far away, man. And all the movies theaters in New York have BED BUGS. That means you have to come to the Fringe. Your mattress will thank you. Just kidding, mattresses can't talk.