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Scarlett Fever

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Josh Duboff
July 23, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
Recently, my cousins Jack, 11, and Julia, 9, performed a couple of skits about life around their house for my mom and me. Despite breaking character about 47 times, their commitment and enthusiasm was quite impressive. I still quote one of Julia's lines ("No cookies YET, Jack!!!") all the time.

Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
No. In fact, this is the first play I've ever written! And I couldn't be more excited about getting to have my first theatrical experience in the world of Fringe.

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
Well, there are still several weeks to go, but I could not have anticipated (and couldn't be more pleased about) the fact that I now have two 5-foot-tall Scarlett Johansson cardboard cutouts resting against a wall in my apartment (we used them for photo/video shoots). Over the past week, they've become my twin spiritual guides.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Of those three: Snooki, no question. (Fun fact: there was a Snooki joke in an earlier version of the script which has since been taken out!) ((That fact was almost *too* fun, I know.))

Theatre is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
This question is giving me a flashback to those terrible SAT II tests. Ummmm, I am going to say: AGREE!