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Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Julie Congress
June 29, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor/Co-Book Writer.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Collaborative, ensemble-based theatre! That's why we started No.11 Productions 4 years ago - because we know that consistently working with an ensemble pushes all of the artists involved to do their best work. Many minds together can create things one person could never achieve alone - plus it's more fun this way!

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
has the audience go hunting, name characters, vote on how to cross rivers and all sorts of other interactive fun! Our musical comedy is a scored game for the audience and the choices the audience make dictate how the show proceeds. It's a LOT of fun!

What was the most memorable/funny/unusual thing that has happened during the development and rehearsal process for this show?
We wrote in a Prickly Pear Cactus Game. You see, our wagon party has found themselves in cactus country and they have to jump to avoid getting pricked. So our director Ryan Emmons bought two trampolines and we spent a whole afternoon on my roof in Astoria jumping on the trampolines and collaboratively trying to figure out how this game would work - it was super fun, super silly and super creative - exactly how our ensemble-based company works!

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Oh Bugs Bunny for sure! We actually use cartoon metaphors a lot in the rehearsal and writing process - it's definitely very close to the tone of the show.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Travel the Oregon Trail, performing "Quest for the West" all along the way! Oh, and we'd love to buy a theatre and start an educational program!