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Franz/Drew/Rotpeter

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Drew Valins
July 12, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright, Actor, Producer.

What is your show about?
This is a story of my very personal relationship with Franz Kafka.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
It took me some time, some meandering along different roads before I realized that theater was my true calling. I did a short stint in medical school, went nuts and dropped out, for instance. All of which is good grist for the theater mill of course.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theater because it is at once fun, exhilarating, terrifying, and full of surprises. It keeps me alive and honest. If I didn't act, I'd end up too far away inside my head.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There is a moment in which I change Franz Kafka's fate, so to speak. I love that I can do that!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would buy a great space in New York where I could live and work. This would maybe enhance the creative flow and give a place for friends to work too. In one quarter I'd have the bourgeois comforts of living in relative comfort, and in the other three quarters there would be lots and lots of empty space for WORK and PLAY.