nytheatre.com q&a preview by Christopher Sams
August 7, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
August: Osage County. It has fantastic writing and amazing characters....the piece is dark, complex, humorous, and touching. I loved it.
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
Ultimately because I'm so proud of our show. Susan and Sean have been nothing short of amazing on this journey we've taken with POISON APPLE. Bringing it to the city in which it takes place just makes sense and feels like the right thing to do.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I had worked with Sean in "The Boys in the Band" back in 2009. It was my first acting gig in LA. It was a wonderful experience through which Sean and I became great friends. One day he told me about a story he had heard. After he gave me the details, we kept talking about it...I think we both were thinking, "This would make a powerful show!" And it IS. Sean has written a powerful piece of theatre. He began writing different drafts, which later became the show we're performing. What I love is that there are pieces of our friendship laced in the script. Kinda' cemented forever. Little pieces of conversations we've had over the past couple of years. We're both a little macabre, I suppose. LOL Sean had worked with Susan before and knew without a doubt that she was the one to helm this project. Susan is great. She's clear and precise in her direction. She knows exactly what she wants and really understands the nature of the world we're creating here. It has been an amazing experience working on POISON APPLE. With Sean and Susan, I know I'm in great hands.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. Given the nature of the show and the journey you take with these two men, you might be SURPRISED how you really feel when you leave the theatre.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
The beach offers sharks and skin cancer. You might fall off of a mountain. Summer movie blockbusters...I mean, maybe... But FringeNYC: It offers an array of ideas, visions, and heart that can potentially give your mind and soul new insight. Oh, and there are no sharks or rock slides at FringeNYC. :-)