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VACUUM q&a preview by J.W.Blood
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Stage Manager.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was a little girl-probably around 8. Classic--putting on shows in my garage with my friends. And then through high school I was always part of the theatre department. In college again. It was an early passion that has stayed with me. I love it. I started out as an actress which I think is where most people start. It's easy in the beginning and then hard later on. I came to New York, again classic. Lived on the Lower East Side before it became gentrified, did avant-garde theatre. Did off-off-off Broadway. Loved it. Great beginnings.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I have the opportunity of working on an excellent play with a professional team I had worked with before as well as work with other talented people. And I find it challenging and exciting to be part of such a unique theatrical event. There is a filling of joy about theatre. And that's how I feel about theatre. Look forward to the fun.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Yes. I certainly don't want to give it away. But it's a timely topic. It's provocative. The characters are well written and you can see both sides. And I think the play can be relatable to other issues as well.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
What a fantastic idea! Ten million dollars on theatrical endeavors. I would divide it and give some to educational institutions in marginalized areas to support theatre and dance programs. I would also create grants for those doing day jobs to support their passion for theatre--writers, actors, directors. I know from past experience, it's difficult to be an independent artist when you have the wolf at the door. And then with the remaining money mount the shows created by these emerging artists.