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After the Fall

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Kirk Gostkowski
January 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
Arthur Miller's play takes you on a journey into a man's mind as he asks, can you love again in the face of such overwhelming adversity?

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I had always wanted to be an actor even as a child but I was always obsessed with movies. I had been to see some plays but it wasn't until I saw Kevin Spacey in the Iceman Cometh that I knew I had to be involved in theater. I was completely blown away. I auditioned for the next high school play and the second I stepped on that stage I was hooked.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
As an audience member, I know what it's like to be astounded by something. Theater is raw, it's happening in front of you and when it works there is nothing that can compare. It's important for everyone to be in the room that night because they affect the energy of the performance. As a performer, getting to explore a show for an extended period of time is very gratifying. It is different every night. And as all actors know, anything can happen.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
After the Fall explores many different subject matters but ultimately at its core it's a love story. It's about picking up the pieces of your life after incredible heartache and trying to love again. Living with and learning from the past to make a better tomorrow.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Oh, definitely Bruce Springsteen. I drive home at night and listen to the radio and I keep saying how After the Fall is just like an extended love song. Of love lost, won, wanted. I think the Boss would dig it. In fact, I think some of the lyrics to Darkness on the Edge of Town have some similarities to After the Fall.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I think I'm part of something that I hope would grow that large. Our theatre company, Variations Theatre Group just opened the Chain Theatre in Long Island City. I would use the money to develop the theatre, the program, and a subject that is very important to me; a theater education program. Kids get into trouble because they don't have a positive outlet for their energy and I think performance is an amazing outlet. With the theatre itself, my feeling is to keep the ticket costs low and the quality high. Also, I want to give other artists an opportunity to show their work. We are heading toward these goals with very little money, I could only dream what 10 million dollars would be like.