nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gina Rattan
July 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I knew I wanted to work in the theater from a very young age. Growing up my cousins and I would put on plays in our grandparent's backyard in Bailey Island, Maine. My grandmother and grandfather would help us make our favorite children's book or a collection of family stories into fully realized outdoor productions. My grandmother is a painter/visual artist; she would paint sets, build paiper-mache props, and organize the lot of us. My grandfather would help with the transcription of the story into the format of a play. I of course, would do the casting, and direct, though for a while I was the youngest, and most adorable cousin. From a terribly young age I knew that the respite from reality that theater brings was palpable, that creating it was an endless excitement for my imagination, a rewarding process, and an adventure. It's literally an adventure. I'm writing this on a train. A steam engine.
Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
It is such a joy to be a part of FringeNYC. I wanted to be a part of it because I was overdue to direct a show that is a new work and a work with which I'm deeply connected. We're producing an original play. There is no source material here: no movie that starred Merryl Streep, or best-selling he-dies-in-the-end novel giving us credibility or marketability. No no. We're all new. New ideas. New Talent. A NEW American play being produced in New York. HELLOOOO.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about the children of divorced families trying their hand at relationships. It's about the first exhilarating high you feel as a teenager when you fall in total infatuation with another person. It's about two intelligent kids attempting to determine if true love is possible. Audiences will grow close to the two characters in this play. They'll remember their own first experiences when they were teenagers and thought they knew everything. Because really, what teenager doesn't know everything?
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?
I'd say a mixture of ONCE and CLYBOURNE PARK. If I could be so bold. And I can.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
Please do not NOT go to the mountains instead of going to FRINGENYC. It's the summer. Go mountain it up. With the mosquitos and coyotes. Really, you only live once and the mountains will always be there while SWEET TOOTH will only have 5 performances. Wait. Wait. You should see SWEET TOOTH. THEN go to the mountains to reflect upon the piece. SWEET TOOTH tickets are FIFTEEN DOLLARS. $15.00 is less than the train ticket it will take you to get to the mountains. Also, do you camp? Really? You have a tent?