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Twelfth Night

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jessie Fahay
May 27, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Executive Producer.

What is your show about?
A Shipwreck, A Duke suffering with unrequited love, Debauchery, Melancholy, Twins getting confused, Strangers falling in love, Mischievous Pranks, and the wisest one is always the fool....

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love working on theatre that is provocative and asks pivotal questions. I am inspired by theatre works that can shake audiences to their core and move them to action.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
is asking the question, "In matters of love, how much does gender really matter?" and is supporting an organization that is out to support marriage rights for all individuals--freedomtomarry.org. A percentage of patrons' ticket price is going to them.

What is one specific thing that you hope audiences will realize you’ve contributed to the production?
I hope that audiences realize that I have put together a really fun and entertaining production with a specific cause and effect mission behind it. I hope audiences realize that my love for theatre and my love for human rights is interchangeable--the arts have the responsibility to remind us of what it is to be human.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SEXY.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Theatre holds a mirror to what is happening in society and across the globe; it gets audiences to be in the visceral experience of it. It is the difference between showing and telling. In addition, it inspires dialogue and compassion, which is what then creates societal change.