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The Lombardi Case 1975

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Carlo D'Amore
April 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
writer, director, producer..

What is your show about?
An interactive murder mystery based on some real unsolved cases from the mid 1970's where audience teams walk through the LES looking to solve it.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
As a kid I spend most of my time looking out the window fantasizing about different worlds I could inhabit and different lives I could live. I was a villain, a damsel in distress an Indian (native american) and aqua man! This fantasizing made sure I was a straight D student. So as an adult I decided the best thing I could do was go to into the theater.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I grew up with among many other things an international con artist for a mother. I have a one man show called NO PAROLE directed by TONY nominated Colman Domingo, all about our adventures. Growing up with this amazing mother and being her confidant and partner in crime as a young child exposed me to true acting and I learned how to create characters. My mother had so many aliases and personas that she inhabited, that I was often confused as to what to call her. I learned about acting from a true master. One that used performing as a way to get over as an adult I use acting and the theater to entertain. Criminal energy and creative energy are very similar.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
They will talk about it for months. This is our second season (almost the third) and we have never had a big marketing budget but because of word of mouth and the truly unique experience the Lombardi Case provides, we have been seen by close to 4000 New Yorkers. Where else does the audience try to solve a case based on a composite of REAL unsolved murders from New York's past. Oh yeah, people talk about it. Where else do you get to walk through the streets of the Lower East Side NYC while meeting as interrogating among many other fascinating characters- Trixypop the junkie?

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Marge Simpson on quaaludes.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would buy a whole New York City block and create a huge entertainment complex that would do immersive interactive experiences that would redefine the way we get to experience acting and actors. Theater does not and should not be limited to the confines of Film and television. Theater can and should happen anywhere from the very intimacy of a subway seat, to huge roaming spectacles happening all the time and everywhere. Live IN Theater come live your history