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Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star

nytheatre.com q&a preview by JT Patton
September 3, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I prefer working on simple, pure theatre that has a strong focus on character and story.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I find theatre provides the most rewarding experience for an actor. By the end of a performance, presuming it has gone well, you feel like you've gone through a complete journey - one that is invariably more interesting than your everyday life.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Our company, OnTheRoad Repertory Company, was formed out of the advanced scene study class taught by Alice Spivak, the company's Artistic Director. Ms. Spivak has been my mentor and teacher for over ten years. I have known the other cast members for several years, some nearly 10. These close relationships have helped tremendously in the rehearsal process. We all speak the same "language" and share the same philosophy in regards to approaching material.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Bruce Springsteen. As with much of Springsteen's music, Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star deals with struggling, working-class people in middle America.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would get a permanent space in New York in which our group would be free to develop, rehearse and perform theatre on our own terms.