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Then She Fell

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Elizabeth Carena
September 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Performer and Company's Managing Director.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved fiction. I always felt that it holds the most potential to teach us about our world and ourselves. I also had many, many other interests – science, language, music, history. I was in high school when something clicked and I realized that by being a performer, I wouldn’t have to choose just one of those directions. In theatre, you can do anything.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Of course, all of these roles are essential cogs in the theatre machine. This is one of the things that make working with Third Rail Projects so challenging and fulfilling - the process is collaborative and we all get to wear each of these hats at one point or another. Our co-directors oversee and hone and make final calls, which is essential, but we all work very closely on our own content. As a result, our work is highly personal and, hopefully, effective.

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
The process of creating this piece has been long and storied. We have been in development, in several phases, for almost two years. During that time we have encountered a waterfall in downtown Los Angeles, a basement in NYC's financial district, a historic house in the Catskills, teenagers on the Lower East Side, scalding sun, freezing rain, dust, dirt, mud, bugs, and more. It has been an incredibly fulfilling artistic experience for all of us - and we are lucky that we are all very good friends.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising! And smart... and sexy... and smooth.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre, and all art, is a mirror for our lives. It can entertain; it can produce catharsis; it can illuminate injustice and prompt action. That’s why people have been doing it for thousands of years.