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Birds on a Wire

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jordan Feltner
May 8, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
A story of family survival during one of America's toughest times.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I work for TDF at TKTS. I have a glorious job of seeing tons of big money theater Broadway and Off, and talking to thousands of people a week about what I am most passionate about.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
puts the audience right in the middle of a 12 round war of man vs nature, man vs man, man vs self and never loses heart.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I was suggested by an Artistic Director to Shauna Kanter about two years ago to audition for Birds on a Wire. When I read the script I knew it was something that I HAD to be a part of. First off, my favorite movie is "Midnight Cowboy" which has no connection to Birds, but Harlen Lane has certain flares that I find similar to Joe Buck. And that makes me happy. Further on I realized what a great core of actors we had assembled for this family that develops in the story, that combined with the rarity of a truly great script had me hooked, and here I am over two years later.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Yosemite Sam. He'd would get along well with my father Itzak.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I certainly hope so. Theater has always challenged it's audience to think greater and feel deeper the challenges the people in it's story are faced with. In an era of theater where the big money is spent on adaptations of popular movies and celebrity names, I hope that at least a small portion of that audience gets hooked. I hope they get brave and seek out something different. And if just one person who spent 150$ on a "Broadway Blockbuster" stumbled upon a play like Birds on a Wire they would be stimulated intellectually and socially. We have found in Birds on a Wire that there are many parallels with the greed that caused The Dust Bowl, and Fracking, which if continued will eventually cause harm to our land and people.