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Fantasy Artists

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Javierantonio Gonzalez
August 7, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

Who are your heroes?
I could never have specific, permanent heroes I think. This concept changes from day to day, since we are all at times "heroic" and at other times not. Sometimes the president is my hero; sometimes a director or my mother, in the same way that my friends and many people I encounter on the Subway can be. All four characters in Fantasy Artists are heroic at different moments of the play.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I wanted to be a part of Fantasy Artists. James and I have known each other for years. I directed him a while back and I admire his work, both as an actor and as a playwright. When he asked me to direct his play, I didn't think twice about doing it.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Longing. Fantasy Artists has a great plot, but concealed in there lies a constant, collective longing. All of the characters are longing for something, and it gets tricky when some of these longings or fantasies become true.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I think the summer is long and there is time to go to the beach, the movies AND the theatre. I think going to the theatre is important, but equally important is to live a full live, which thankfully in many ways New York City can provide. Again, there is time to do both.