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An Evening With Kirk Douglas

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kerry McGuire
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
This wasn't the LAST show I saw that really excited me, but "The Pillowman" by Martin McDonagh on Broadway blew my mind. I had no idea what I was in for, a friend wanted to see it I went in blind, not knowing what it was about. When the intense blackness of the story exploded on the stage, I was floored, so much so that the memory of seeing it is still dreamlike to me. Of more recent shows that I loved: "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety" at Second Stage was boat loads of fun, and also at Second Stage, I loved "Eurydice." Besides for Broadway and the big Off-Broadway companies, NYC downtown theatre is amazing. I've seen so many fantastic shows at PS 122 I can't even try to name them all, and I love almost everything New Georges does. This is a great city for theatre, I'm lucky to be part of it.

If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
New York theatre is sort of weird in the summer. It's hot, and it feels like everyone is gone either to the Hamptons or to some Summer stock in Somwherevania. The Fringe injects a shot of life and weirdness into the summer theatre scene. And who doesn't need some life and weirdness when it's a million degrees of humid out? Fringe theatre and soft serve ice cream are crucial towards getting through the NYC summer with panache and style.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Everyone is out of the UCB community, a vibrant comedy community, with tons of wonderful and funny people. We're lucky to have some of the best of them involved in this project.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Can I do a write in vote for Nikola Tesla, coolest New Yorker ever? Unlike Thomas Edison, he knew that AC power was where it is at (at least if you have the goal of not burning your apartment down) and I like to think that if he hadn't died in the New Yorker Hotel (on 34th and 8th) in 1943, he'd be sitting in the front row of our show for every performance. We'd have to add "Please turn off your Tesla coils, and unwrap your candy" to our pre-show announcement... but it would be worth it.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
Why do you have to choose? Do both! Go to the beach the week before fringe, go to the mountains the week after fringe, and see the latest movie blockbuster really early in the morning before you spend the rest of the day watching Fringe shows. Carpe diem, y'all.