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Nocturnal: Portrait of a New York Night

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Gregory Anderson-Elysee
July 18, 2012

What is your job on this show?
I am playwright and actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Growing up, I always had a passing interest for acting. I loved the arts in general and I found that I gravitated to wanting to be a film director. In high school, I started acting as a pass time and found that I loved the aspect of having fun and bringing a character to life on stage. Especially feeling the vibes and audience right in front of you. A damn great high, if I may say!

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
FringeNYC is an important part of the summer theater scene because here we have a chance to see shows that that potential to become big hits. Seeing the diversity of different shows, genres, performances. There's going to be nothing like it. I'm excited!

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Nocturnal: Portrait of a New York Night in Nine Movements is about the night life in New York City. The play takes place backwards and we see many colorful characters interacting and affecting each other in various ways. I believe the audience will take away the humanity of these characters and no matter how bizarre or low key, we as a people are all in this life together going about our days, trying to live and survive.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I'm going to go with Bugs. Definitely Bugs. I wanted to go with Daffy, who's my favorite of the four choices, but Bugs for sure, simply because he's such a chameleon. We have a bunch of diversity in this play, from race to mood to genre to characters to themes, etc. Bugs, being a trickster, is hard to define, and Nocturnal shares some of that quality.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Oh, very important. Whether it's race, sexuality, genre of the story and so on. No matter who we are, we all want to be represented and we all go to the theater to relate and be entertained and possibly see something fresh and new while finding means or an anchor to set us along that journey we're seeing portrayed in front of us. We're all human and are bonded in various ways. Diversity in theater offers a chance to solidify that bond.