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Right on Target

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gary Morgenstein
July 9, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

Who are your heroes?
Franklin Roosevelt, who saved America Winston Churchill, who saved the world

Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I was delighted to have my first play, Ponzi Man,premiere at the 2005 Fringe. I was pre-Madoff, too! It was a wonderful experience.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
RIGHT ON TARGET is a bipartisan, biracial romantic comedy about an African-American conservative and his liberal Jewish wife. Black conservative you say??? In theatre, hey, all entertainment, conservatives are either depicted as religious zealots, redneck bigots or evil capitalists. Even in Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM, his Republican character is a liberal. In RIGHT ON TARGET, a conservative is portrayed as intelligent, as are all the characters, so they can have intelligent discussions. I think that's called democracy which, as Mr. Churchill said, is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

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

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
The lead is an African American, married to a Jew. He fools around with an Asian American, she has a lesbian affair. Running in and out is a Syrian character. Yup, I think it's imperative to show the tapestry of America.