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Animals

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jenna D'Angelo
July 24, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to work on projects that challenge me. I like to be able to work on a character who allows me to see things in a way I didn't or couldn't see them before. I love physical comedy and really gritty dramas. Dark comedies to me are the best of both worlds because you have the task of finding the humor in pain. But I think for me at the end of the day it comes down to being passionate about the script you are given, having fun and really loving to be in the room with the people you work with. I'm lucky because "Animals" is exactly that.

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
Fringe is incredibly important to the New York theatre scene because it gives everyone access (and affordable access) to fantastic theatre. Theatre is a big part of what makes NYC so wonderful and whether you live here or are visiting from Nebraska or somewhere overseas, Fringe gives you a chance to be a part of that. Also, what better opportunity for artists to get to showcase their work? Fringe is a perfect platform for all of us in the entertainment industry and a great way to show support to one another.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
To me this show is about survival and examining this baser instinct that we all have inside of us. Do we act on impulses and listen to that little voice in our head that wants us to do anything that will make us feel good, or do we push it down in the name of civility? And if we act on that impulse, what are the consequences, if any? How do we adjust? I think audiences will grapple with what is right and what is wrong--or is there a grey area that we all live in?

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Snooki and Bruce are gunna love it. I think Tom would be on board too.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
I think diversity is incredibly important in theatre, and I mean all different forms of diversity--race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, politics, etc. We all have aspects of ourselves that make us special and unique and theatre is one of the best ways to brings all of these dissenting or similar views together. If we went and saw theatre and it was all the same, all had the same viewpoint and screamed the same message, where would be the fun in that? Diversity is what makes theatre great.