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Blacken The Bubble

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eric Lockley
October 11, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was 4 I saw Starlight Express and thought that these singing and dancing people on roller skates were a lot more interesting than the circus. At that moment I fell in love with theater (even if it wasn't always on roller skates).

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
is an "affirmative action comedy" complete w/ a rap duo named White Chocolate and a character named G'oldboy - you'll laugh a lot.

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
One of the actresses screamed, "Put your hands up!" and it came from such a scary, commanding place in her voice that everybody on stage threw their hands up like it was a stick-up. We were all afraid for our lives.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The Book of Mormon. Much like Book of Mormon our show is a bit zany, there will be some uncomfortable humor, and folks will certainly be laughing out loud.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
It's extremely important. People are all different pretty colors and have wonderfully different cultures (I'm saying that in my 4 year old voice). But seriously, we all have such a range of stories that an all deserved to be shared. We learn a lot from difference, not so much, from "sameness".