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Waiting For Lefty

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jessie Fahay
September 4, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Executive Producer.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love to work on and produce theater that asks pivotal questions and can engage an audience in dialogue. I love theater that challenges people and brings light to what is occurring in the world. I love theater that educates and probes. I love theater and artists who are daring and love to give back. I love theater that reflects what it is to be human.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
addresses middle-class worker rights and extreme financial struggles during the time of a very important election. It is also the only show in which audience members will be able to register to vote at the show! Volunteers from the League of Women Voters will be there!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
They will discuss it into the wee hours of the night because it this play is so topical; these issues have been discussed for centuries and will be continue to be discussed.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
Clybourne Park/Death of a Salesman. Clybourne Park challenges societal issues like this does and Death of a Salesman addresses a family dealing with financial struggles.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely! Theater creates education and awareness in way that is transformative and powerful--very different from learning about history or current events in a classroom. Awareness can bring about action. It just needs to be done one audience at a time. Angels in America is a perfect example of how theatre shaped our view of the AIDS epidemic. There are many other examples similar to this.