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The Picture of Dorian Gray

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Glory Kadigan
March 12, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Adapter.

What is your show about?
Set in the late 1800′s, this classic Gothic tale explores the superficial nature of society, and the value of youth and beauty.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I'm usually always working on a play. But, I do love to travel. I've journeyed to all the continents and I do think those adventures have influenced my artistic endeavors.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
Oscar Wilde would probably come see twice (if he were still alive).

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
We met at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Sexy, smart AND surprising.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
It definitely can. Oscar Wilde himself was one of the first activest for LGBT rights. Oscar Wilde was once sentenced to jail with this story(The Picture of Dorian Gray), used as evidence in court against him. Yet today, it is considered a classic. When one thinks about how much the LGBT community has achieved in gaining civil rights since Mr. Wilde's time, one realizes the importance that many artists (including Mr. Wilde himself) played in the achievement of those goals.