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VGL 5’4” Top

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lucas Brooks
January 21, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Performer.

What is your show about?
This one-man show explores body image in gay men and how it is affected by the internet.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Nowadays most of the work I do is solo, which has it's ups and downs. It does seem to be my stronger suit, and I'm proud of the things I've created, but I also miss working with big casts. I would love to do a musical again.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
The live audience, of course! Don't get me wrong, the few films I've done have been really fun and I would love to do more, but if I tell a joke, I like to hear the laughter. If I share something very emotional, I like to see the response. It's fuel for me to keep doing what I do.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I think that varies with how closely the audience identifies with it. People who don't really want to hear what I'm saying may dismiss it after five minutes, but folks who have either been through similar experiences or maybe never even knew these sort of things even happened might even still be thinking about it the following morning.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I would hope that they all fit "VGL," to a certain degree, but if I were to play by the rules... I don't think my show has too many surprises in it. I'll forego 'smooth' since I'm not one for shaving my body hair. While the content of my show is definitely sexual, 'sexy' seems to be pushing it a little. I'll go with 'smart,' and hope that the audience agrees!

Who are your heroes?
There are so many people I admire in arts, so it's very hard to narrow it down. I definitely have to emphasize David Drake. His one-man show "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me" is practically my bible. It's the reason I wanted to explore solo performance in the first place. I also owe a great deal to Tim Miller. He has offered me more support than any other performance artist I've met and his confidence in me is a huge driving force.