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A Passion

nytheatre.com q&a preview by India Kotis
March 11, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
A Passion is the story of the Book of Matthew, told without any villains.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I really prefer work with strong ensemble, and work where I know either what it means to the people making it, or I have reached people with what the piece is saying. Downtown stuff, you know. For me, the rehearsal process is very informative of if or how I connect to the piece. I've found that in Off- and off-off broadway, I see and participate in the theater that is most powerful for me, because it's so dirt poor there's nothing to distract you from the art and you know it's creators and receptors are there (most of the time) just because they want to be. It also forces creativity, and some of the most out-of-the-box stuff is the best in my opinion. The goal is to connect with the audience and your acting partners. When both happen simultaneously, that's when you get magic.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I like theater because it's more intimate than films, and less contrived. It seems more honest to me. It's like getting a home-cooked meal as opposed to going out to a chain restaurant. Restraunts are all well and good, but you can taste the care and love in a home-cooked meal more tangibly than if you go out. As for working in the theater, it's freer. It feels more my own, like I've contributed. When you're up on stage, it's just you, your acting partners who have hopefully by this time become like family, and the audience, who, if they're a good audience, will feel like an old friend. Movies are sterile. I'm not knocking movies, I do enjoy them, and it's got it's own artistry. But theater is what I know, and my brief forays through film have been rather disorienting. There's also the appeal of: Every night at the theater is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Even rehearsals, run throughs, they've all got their own, irreproducable fingerprint.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Hopefully Forever!

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Given the subject matter I of course have to go with the easter bunny!

Who are your heroes?
David Sedaris, Ira Glass, Etgar Keret. All phenomenal story tellers. We weren't limited theater heroes, right?