nytheatre.com q&a preview by Mac Rogers
July 17, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Jill can’t live without Terry, so it’s up to both of them—and Terry’s favorite online multi-player game, NOIR—to make sure she never has to.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
As a playwright, I like to take the audience on a wild ride. I like to take familiar, popular genre forms like science fiction, horror, mystery, or noir and twist them into crazy new shapes, without ever losing sight of the complexity of the characters. Also, I just really feel like plays should be funny, even if it's a deeply messed-up kind of funny.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've been creating sci-fi/horror/mystery-based theater for a number of years now, including critically-acclaimed plays like UNIVERSAL ROBOTS, VIRAL, THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY, FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS, HAIL SATAN, and THE LUCRETIA JONES MYSTERIES. On one level, LIGATURE MARKS follows in my tradition of genre-invades-ordinary-setting. But at the same time, it goes to some deeply strange places.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
What I hope people will talk about is what exactly is happening for the final thirty minutes of this play. I wrote it and am performing in it and I'm not sure I know. To what extent is it role-play, a dream, a transition into more of a magical-realist milieu? I can't wait to hear what people think.
Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Denzel Washington. No question. I love watching him so much I go to his *terrible* movies. Guys, I saw *Safe House,* that's how much I love watching him act. I'm gonna go to *Two Guns,* to give you an idea. But when he's all the way on and the movie's good, there's no one better. Forget a fan letter, I'd retire on a stray, idle compliment from Denzel Washington.
Why are theater festivals so very important?
I love the heightened, almost claustrophobic intensity of theater festivals. Even in a town like New York, with so many shows going up every night, I love when we create small, short-lived communities of theater. I love the gathering in small groups on the street to ask each other "What did you see? How was it?" and "Oh my God, you have to see this." That's when theater feels most vital, most part of the world to me, is during those conversations on the street. With a themed festival like Game Play at The Brick, those conversations can become all the more focused and intense.