Desire! [A Varsouviana]
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Cory Asinofsky
November 5, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
I don't think there are any boundaries as to what kind of theatre I will do right now. I love to constantly be working on some sort of project whether it be Shakespeare, Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, a new play, or any type of performance. I don't want to limit myself to any one thing. I love theatre and I love telling stories no matter what the story is.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Theatre is a collaborative process; that's what is so great about it. There is nothing better than when the actor's choices, the director's vision, and the playwright's story all come together to form a work of art. I don't feel that any of the three are more important than the others.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I got introduced to the Less Than Rent crew through some mutual friends when I was a freshman at Marymount Manhattan College. Then James asked me to do the fight choreography for Richard 3, which was in the Fringe Festival. After that, I played Lee in James and Rachel's play, Little Town Blues. After that they asked me to join Less Than Rent and I did. Then I was in James' play, Friends Don't Let Friends, which Rachel directed. And now here we are! We all enjoy working together, and I may be biased, but I think we put on a great show.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
The character I would identify the show with would have to be Marge Simpson because she has bit of a Stella/Stanley relationship with Homer.
Who are your heroes?
Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Sam Shepard, and William Shakespeare.