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Confessions and Conversation

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jean-Claude van Itallie
September 4, 2012

What is your job on this show?
playwright/performer.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Brussels, Belgium, raised in Great Neck on Long Island, went to Harvard.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
America Hurrah, The Serpent, Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Traveler, Struck Dumb, Ancient Boys, Bag Lady, War, Master and Margarita, Light, Fear Itself, Guys Dreamin, War, Sex and Dreams, translations of Chekhov's major plays...plus a lot more...

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I hope the show is about being in the present, sitting in a circle, enjoying each other, dancing, singing -- theater, in other words. (Also having mint tea, said the Mad Hatter)

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Sexy for sure, smart I guess, and, I hope, surprising. Dunno about smooth.

Who are your heroes?
Ellen Stewart, Peter Brook, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Voltaire, Milarepa, Noel Coward, Socrates, Oscar Wilde...