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That Cute Radioactive Couple: A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Charles Battersby
July 7, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/ Actor.

What is your show about?
That Cute Radioactive Couple is a romantic comedy about the apocalypse, inspired by post-apocalyptic and dystopian video games like Fallout and Bioshock, it's playing this July in the Brick Theater's Game Play festival.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not working in theater, I work as a video game critic. I see the two mediums as being very similar, and I appreciate games as a form of narrative story-telling that should be respected just as much as the other arts. Playing a well-made game is a lot like engaging in improvisational theater where the game designer is your scene partner.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
Will make you laugh about suicide, radiation poisoning and cannibalism.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Couples will discuss my show into the wee hours of the morning. I've always hated cynical comedies that portray marriage as inherently unhappy, so I wrote a show about two people in a very healthy relationship who find themselves in an extremely challenging situation. I hope audience members will think about their own relationships after seeing it. Video game fans will also spend hours talking about the many subtle references to post-apocalyptic games that are hidden in the show. It's strongly inspired by games like the Fallout franchise and Bioshock.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. It's surprising how much fun the end of the world can be.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I sickens me when large theatrical organizations spend tens of millions on a single show, or use that kind of money to renovate the lobby of their theater. At the off-off Broadway level, ten million dollars is enough money to produce quality theater for a lifetime.