No One Is
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Janet Lee Rhodes
March 31, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
No One Is tells the story of a young man in his first year of college whose racist roommates bully and harass him.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I’ve probably done an equal amount of musicals and straight plays. I love them both! As long as I get to portray something honest, it doesn’t matter to me if I’m performing through song or through speech.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
One of my favorite aspects of doing theater is getting onstage to perform something you've rehearsed over and over and then completely surprising yourself. Not literally like "surprise!!" but I love those moments when the energy of the audience feeds into the energy onstage and brings out something new and unexpected and true in your performance.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
With all honesty, I think No One Is is a show that will not be quickly forgotten. The play deals with some very weighty issues in a very bold way. I hope when people leave the theater they feel compelled to keep the dialogue going.
Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
First of all, it's Dame Maggie Smith, excuse you! And second, Dame Maggie Smith.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity in theater is everything to me, from the diversity of the people onstage to the diversity of the shows being written and produced. Diversity richens the theatergoing experience, makes it more meaningful. If theater tried to be exclusive, it would not have nearly the same impact.