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THE DICK AND THE ROSE

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jake Elitzer
July 28, 2012

What is your job on this show?
actor.

Who are your heroes?
There is much to be learned from the previous generation - all the work we do now stands on the shoulders of the work that came before. But my true heroes are the next generation. When I get to spend a day watching after a niece or nephew, watching the reckless abandon with which they thrust themselves upon their play... it's one of the most inspiring things I as an actor can witness. Each generation stands on the shoulders of the generation before, but is helped to grow by the generation that follows.

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
As anyone who has lived in New York in the summer knows, the city gets pretty empty. People leave for vacation homes and the droves of starving artists leave for summer stock all over the country. FringeNYC waves a flag that tells people in unequivocal terms that the theater scene in New York stays strong and continues to branch out in new and interesting ways... and they're missing it!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
My junior year of high school I and Gail, another member of our cast, took part in a production of "Twelfth Night" as part of the Fall Festival, an award-winning education program run by Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, MA. My director was Robert Biggs. Seven years pass having seen him maybe two or three times at most, when out of the blue I get a phone call. It's Biggs and he's asking if I'm free for July and August to do a FringeNYC show. Yup!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. Definitely, definitely surprising.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Education, Education, Education. In my mind, there's no more urgent or important endeavor for us as theater artists than education. Not only of other actors, but also using acting and art in general to educate those who go on to do absolutely anything else.