That Is How I Left
nytheatre.com q&a preview by MATT McAllister
July 19, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I was lucky enough to catch that underdog of acting Royalty Lynn Redgrave in an MCC theater production at the Lucille Lortel. This was more then a few years ago, but the writing was sharply modern, the production was sleek. Of course, Miss Redgrave was a hellion chewing up the sparse scenery. Just as the curtain went up my older brother felt really sick, and I switched seats with him so he could be in the aisle and exit if needed. He didn't move right on through to the end of the 90 minute one act, because he was so enthralled from minute one to minute Z. I'll never forget that.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
that confronts the depths of man's inhumanity to man, but also explores his infinite capacity for grace.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
People will definitely be contemplating this play well into the wee hours of the morning.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
Death of a Salesmen, for sure.
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I am a believer that generally arts contribution to peoples lives is fleeting, but still valuable. Even fleeting moments of engagement from a live performance are important, not only as a distraction from the drudgery of life-but at times a little reminder of how much our amazing human condition has to offer you. Sometimes though, a truly impacting piece can really alter how society functions, and I sincerely believe "That is How I left" offers such a naked view of a really tough subject that it has the potential to do just that.