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nytheatre.com q&a preview by Bruce A! Kraemer
May 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright.

What is your show about?
A "playwright" gets a script accepted to a play festival, except he hasn’t written one yet, we find him onstage typing as the real theatre people explain how its done.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
My “day job” is that I am a lighting designer, sound designer, technical director and intercom technician. I do a lot of corporate events and television. For example I was recently a technical director for the Sony Playstation 4 introduction. My biggest client in TV is ESPN. Whenever Mike & Mike in the Morning or The Herd with Colin Cowherd shoot anywhere near New York City, I light them. I have done intercom for the Tony Awards and the 2010 Winter Olympics and I am hoping to get hired to do intercom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that totally mocks playwrights and festivals and all of us who work in them. Ultimately, doing a play in a festival is an incredibly absurd situation. You are trying to do a complete production with extremely limited resources. I have worked on a lot of them and I find that the weakest links are either those who are not experienced theatre people or those who are experienced, but are so full of them selves that they have lost all perspective.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met director Joan Kane when she was acting and I was lighting in a miserable production of Platonov by Anton Chekov. Before a dress rehearsal I was on stage bragging about the lights to an actress sitting in the front row. Joan leaned over from the second row and asked if she and I had ever met. It was lust at first sight. Later that night I got in an argument with the director and, for the only time in my life, I quit a show. Later that week I saw Joan in a bar and asked how that lousy show was going. She said lousy. A year later we moved in together. Six months after that we got married. September 3rd will be our third anniversary, as in, a third of a century.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
All of the above, well maybe not so much Zeppo. He was the serious one. I don’t really write anything serious.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would build a killer 99 seat theater in Manhattan only for the use of small independent theater companies. Commercial endeavors need not apply.