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Othello

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Chinaza Uche
June 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
Its about Love and Deception; and how easy it is to get in the way of your own happiness.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
No. Not really. As long as we are really exploring something, I am pretty game. I am excited by experimentation in Theatre. The pushing of your own boundaries, and the boundaries of the audience through a piece. There are endless possible interactions between an Actor and the audience; endless stories to tell; and endless ways to tell them.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Theatre exists in the present moment. No matter how much you rehearse, on some level you never know what is going to happen. It is a live dialogue between the Actor, the Words and the Audience. It is communion. Sharing. It is a really human thing to do. You can't really find that kind of thing anywhere else in the field.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
We all met in an Acting Class. Close to Two years ago. We were struck by the piece and decided to have an informal reading. We have been in love with the play (and... with each other) every since.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
This for me is a no-brainer. It is not a logical decision. Once I saw this name on the list I kind of forget everybody else (which is ridiculous, because the options are all pretty Stellar). DENZEL WASHINGTON. Denzel is the MAN. If he wrote me a fan letter... I ... I... no words.

Who are your heroes?
Good People. Purposeful People. People who strive to 'do'. Life is hard, yet inspiration can be found all around. There are a lot of people doing a lot of good in this world, and not always in the easiest circumstances. I think as a storyteller you must strive to capture the Epic and Beautiful in the everyday person; To remind each other of our potential- and to say thank you, to the good folk around us.