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The Chekhov Dreams

nytheatre.com q&a preview by John McKinney
October 19, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
Born in London, raised in Connecticut (the hinterland, not the New York part) went to Syracuse University where I dual majored in fine art and communications.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Film and TV are great vehicles for spectacle, but theater allows us to see actual human behavior, live and in the moment, which to me is far more exciting.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
The play is about moving on. It is about letting go of dead relationships with people who once loved us, but as a memory now seek to destroy us. I'd like to think there is a great deal of intellectual fodder audiences will take away from this story, beginning with a re-examining of the works of Chekhov to a discussion about dreams and consciousness to perhaps even grappling with death itself, a topic our culture tends to shy away from until a crisis forces it upon us.

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?
That's easy. Death of a Salesman. Though hopefully with a few more laughs. It is precisely because death is such a taboo (suicide even more so) that I find them to have great potential for comedy. Not just in a goofball Monty Python black comedy way, but in an uneasy, taut, nervous laugh kind of way.

Who are your heroes?
Peter Shaffer. Tom Stoppard. David Mamet. Harold Pinter. Oh, and I guess William Shakespeare isn't bad, either.