One night with you
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Leandra Ramm
November 3, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Do you consider yourself a writer who also performs, an actor who also writes, or something else?
I consider myself an actor who also writes. This is my first one woman show and my first time collaborating on a script. It was such an exciting process. My one woman show, 'One Night With You', is an autobiographical play with music which focuses on my six year cyber-stalking ordeal. It was so liberating to create this piece because it is so close to my heart. As a singer who also writes songs, I felt I now wanted to collaborate on a script and it was definitely fulfilling.
If you are performing in the piece you wrote, do you think another actor could also play this role?
That is a really great question. I believe my show could actually be performed by another person, however, I talk about specific experiences that happened to me. My show talks about the lack of laws and treaties regarding international cyber-stalking, which is a very interesting and appropriate topic for our time period. Everything now is on the internet and we are all living in one world which is getting smaller and smaller by the use and availability of the internet. Therefore, I believe an actor in the future could "play me" but I believe this is a unique opportunity for audience members to experience first hand a victim/survivor of cyber-stalking and my unique perspective on the subject.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
My show is about fighting for justice and standing up for what is right. Although the specific subject matter is about international cyber-stalking, the overall message is that of inspiration and encouragement. From my birth, I had struggles...even my coming to this world was a seven year battle. Despite all odds, I was able to win. Patience, faith, determination, hard work, and inner transformation will all lead to overcoming obstacles.
For Election season: which American political figure do you think would like your show best, and why: Barack Obama, Ann Romney, Paul Ryan, or Hilary Clinton?
Hilary Clinton because I believe my show is also about women's rights. I have met Mrs. Clinton and I believe she would appreciate the message I am giving in my show and the encouragement to all people, but especially women.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes. That is one big reason I am doing this show. I want to bring awareness to issues that need change. In addition to my show, I am releasing a book called "Stalking A Diva". I want my message to eventually be instrumental in changing laws.