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Ghost on a Stick

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jara Jones
May 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Actor.

What is your show about?
In this semi-autobiographical solo horror-drama, a brutish man who makes fear for a living stumbles into a deep, abiding love for the very first time.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I came to theatre as a very shy and awkward child. It wasn't until college where I gained the courage to not just pursue it as a hobby, but to make theatre my utmost focus and career.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've been in NYC for 2 years now, and my biggest role is co-starring in a two person Off-Broadway production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at St. Luke's Theatre. Playing seven characters in forty five minutes with little more than a single prop or costume to guide me has been a thrill and a delight. I also played the Porter in Gallery Player's production of Macbeth, and Earl Jackson in Pageant Princess: The Musical.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
The entire show is set up around the character's one overriding objective: control at all costs. And the moments which I look forward to sharing with an an audience are those small, terrible revelations which chip away at and destroy his control.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Always Harpo. Harpo listened. Harpo was joyful and goofy and still got a place at the Algonquin Round Table.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
Theatre festivals take risks. Pure and simple. Modern theatre has commercial pressures and can't afford to do that. New work can grow and receive an audience. The diversity of voices in a festival energizes an artist.