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THE DICK AND THE ROSE

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Caley Milliken
July 30, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was 14 years old in Freshman English with my teacher, Mrs. Romeo (no joke) and we were reading "Romeo & Juliet", together, out loud, as a class. I happened to be reading the role of Romeo in Act 3 (Mrs. Romeo didn't mind a little gender bending!). In the last scene of Act 3, Romeo leaves Juliet because he has been banished from Verona. There was something about speaking this weighty good bye aloud-- it brought to the fore the loss of my beloved Grandmother (which had happened about 6 months prior and was my first experience of losing someone close to me). Suddenly, I got it. The power of the theatre when it strikes the chords of humanity-- and I knew that that's what I had to do.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
has an accordian, an oven and a 30 foot penis puppet!

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I think this show is about the beauty and violence that coexists in all of us. It's sweeping, it's epic, it's gothic. And yet at the same time is intimate, funny and incredibly sweet. I know this sounds strange, but audiences will leave our show with their souls filled.

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 (hands down)

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre may not in and of itself bring about the change-- but I do believe that theatre can help bring about the discussion-- and allows people to meet on a non-threatening ground to begin the conversation. One minute we're talking about the play we just saw, the next it's about the world in which we all live and what our responsibilities are to that world.