nytheatre.com q&a preview by Emily Tuckman
January 21, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Actor and Producer.
What is your show about?
Two women come together expecting a blind date with someone completely different from who they get--what ensues is hilarity, miscommunication, and a deeper friendship than either could have ever imagined.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I discovered my love of theatre at age 12 when I got cast as Tiny Tim at the Boston Children's Theater, an equity theater in Boston, Ma. There was something about the excitement and spontaneity about being on stage that inspired me-that element of surprise, and the ability to be something completely different from one's own self.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
Really pushes the boundaries between friendship, love and loneliness. There is something about solitude that forces a person to look deep within herself, and something about meeting a like-minded individual who calls you out on your own shortcomings that challenges you to improve. This play does all these things while adding humor, subversiveness and flirtation. See www.estrana.org
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
The director of my show and I have both been in the New York theatre scene for over 10 years. We both also teach theater to high school students. The assistant director is a student who studied with me years ago, and now has blossomed into this incredible, young director. My co-star was chosen after auditioning 100 women for this role.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of the above. S to the 4th power.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
The whole reason I do theater-act in it, produce it, and teach it is because I strongly believe in theater as a tool for growth and societal change. If Shakespeare, and Meyerhold and Boal didnt believe in their ability to use theater as a tool to change the world, we would have a very limited anthology of plays today. Theater should make its audience think, laugh, cry, and leave with greater growth and insight than before the show began. If we never changed or grew after attending theater, what would be the point of the arts??