nytheatre.com q&a preview by Matthew Lewis
September 25, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I came from a family of physicians and dentists. I was named after a doctor. My father called me Dockie because I loved to play doctor. But actually it was the playing that I loved not the doctor stuff. This love has never left me.
What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I adore 'Title and Deed' at the Signature Theater. It was so simple and moving and spare and disarming. Constantly the single actor forced us into the present moment and made it shimmer. You can't ask more from the theatre than that.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Collaboration. I've never worked on a show like this. Everyone nourishes one another. There really is no stupid question. This can't happen without the nurture of trust. And this trust has brought us all together.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo. He embodies the eloquence of silence. And he's such a fine musician!
Who are your heroes?
Beckett. He has created portraits and landscapes I understand. He writes with his ear, his eye, his heart. He hated censorship of any kind. He identified with the despised and rejected. He had a priceless sense of humor. I wish the Beckett estate didn't regard us as poachers.