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The Cat's Meow

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jovier Q. Sanchez
March 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor and Executive Producer.

What is your show about?
Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat's Meow offers a fascinating cross section of jazz era characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolf Hearst's yacht in 1924.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I began acting when I was 12 in a children's summer theater production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as Snoopy. The bug bit HARD. No one could believe that a 12 year old could do the entire "Red Baron" monologue with a comedically faux French accent. I had never had so much fun as I did for that run and fell in love with the process of becoming someone else.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
Latrelle Williamson - Sordid Lives by Del Shores. Mrs. Holroyd (Aunt Queenie) - Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten. Clorox - The Me Nobody Knows by Gary William Friedman and Will Holt. Snoopy - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner. Pirelli - Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Our choreographer, Nancy Ellen Reinstein, has choreographed FOUR Charleston style numbers that occur within the context of the show, and meta-theatrically. The last dance is so incredibly creepy just writing about it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman?
I think I'd crap myself if Meryl Streep sent me a fan letter. If she even knew who I was, that would make my millenium! Fun fact - We share the same birthday!

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is VITAL to theater. Too many actors are passed over for not "looking the part". Bizarre Noir Theatre Productions is committed to color blind casting. For example: I'm latino, and will be playing Charlie Chaplin in our production of The Cat's Meow. As far back as Bizarre Noir has been producing theater, we've had a melting pot of actors and plan to continue this tradition in all future seasons.