nytheatre.com q&a preview by Felix Hiciano
November 5, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
As long as I can remember, I always wanted to act. But I really wanted to work in theater when I took an acting class in high school. I was completely hooked to the immediate reactions of the audience. I fell in love with it.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
About 11 years ago I worked in a show called Ground Zero/ Zona Cero about the World Trade Center collapse. My recent works have been Manhattan Skyline, Full Circle, From the Inside, Fakebook, Club Rain, and now Afterglow. All of them at the Manhattan Reportory Theater.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met Richard Thomas Henle, the writer, producer, and the director of Afterglow after I auditioned for his play Manhattan Skyline. Since then I've worked on 5 of his shows. He's a great writer, visionary, friend. I met Kilsis Julia approximately 11 years ago on the play Ground Zero/ Zona Cero and have been great friends ever since. Jonathan Gelardi and Alexander McEwen I met on our prior show Club Rain and I am proud to work with them again. Scarlett Marmolejo, Mailliw Padilla, and Adrian Arthur are actors that I am working with for the first time and it has been a pleasure to work with.
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Definitely Bruce Springsteen. He would appreciate a show like this.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would give back to individuals and places that were great to me. I would give money to G. Beaudin. The first director I worked with back 12 years ago in Ground Zero/ Zona Cero. He truly made me realize that I had a gift for acting. He's such a beautiful person. I would give money to the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Ken Wolf, the owner, is an amazing individual, a true visionary with a great heart. I would give money to Richard Thomas Henle, the writer, director of the 5 shows I have worked on. He is an amazing writer, director, and friend. I am indebted to him. I would build a theater in my community of Washington Heights and many of the inner cities. The theater can be such a great outlet for individuals to fulfill their dreams in writing, directing, acting, etc.