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The Boat Factory

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Dan Gordon
May 24, 2013

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

What is your show about?
In the Titanic Shipyards of Belfast - building the biggest and best ships in the world - two apprentice carpenters form a friendship that will last a lifetime.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
New work. I love being the first to create a role - I get to make big decisons about who a character is. It's like creating a child without having to raise them and put them through college.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
'A Night in November' by Marie Jones (A one man show I played for five years finishing off Broadway in 1998.)'Blackbird' by David Harrower (A devastating play about a 40 yr old man who had an inappropriate relationship with a 12 year old girl - she confronts him 15 years later.) 'Improbable Frequency' by Arthur Riordan (A fantastical play with music set in 'neutral' Dublin during WW2 - (I played 'horny' Physicist Erwin Schrödinger - go figure...)

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
My Grandfather, my Father, my Uncles and cousins were all shipyard workers in Belfast. They were ashamed of Titanic and proud of it's heritage - I think the world should know why...

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Well incredibly I have one from author Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes) and fantastic notes from Actors Jeremy Irons, Glenn close and Ciaran Hinds - I'm almost afraid to say it but I'm hoping for one from Liam Neeson to complete the set!!!

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
We need to tell our stories - it allows us to understand better who we are and what makes each of us unique. Live theater creates experiences that will last a lifetime and you will be a better person for it!