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I Light Up My Life

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Mark Sam Rosenthal
March 24, 2013

What is your job on this show?
writer/performer/celebrity.

What is your show about?
Behold the first-ever preemptive celebrity autobiography - the smut-fueled road-to-success story of a celebrity who has succeeded nowhere but his own mind!

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I'm a seventh-generation Baton Rougean and, besides the very throaty Elizabeth Ashley, am the only man of any renown ever to emerge from there! Not counting Steven Soderbergh and Bobby Jindal.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
My greatest theater triumph to date is my off-Broadway solo show "Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire," which was a personal if not a financial success!

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
If you're not ready for a show that makes AIDS and 9/11 fun again, perhaps you might prefer "Mamma Mia!"

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Maggie Smith, but only if she's writing in character as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Who are your heroes?
Dolly Parton of course! I suppose most professional athletes would say Jesus Christ, but I am not a professional athlete.