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Becoming Vincent

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Megan Guinan
June 12, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright/actor.

What is your show about?
The coming of age of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the poet that was at the epicenter of 1920s Greenwich Village bohemia, and her struggle with art, family, and lovers.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was probably about eighteen when I accepted that I didn't want to be a lawyer, I wanted to play one.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Truth is, I go back and forth between TV, film and theater. Why? Aside from an inherent desire to drive myself mad, I like variety and collaboration in the creative process. Some of the actors and myself have become more accustomed to film which is definitely a switch from theater, writing and acting-wise, but challenge is the fuel. And the intimacy of the theater was very important for this story.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Casting showed me the lighter side of two factors I've previously spoken vehemently against... 1) Favoritism. 2) Facebook. Kidding, BACKSTAGE helped too. Wherever they came from the actors in this show really are collaborators, they helped flesh out the characters in the never-ending revisions.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Sexy. I've got two attractive women with some serious sexual tension...what's gonna happen?

Who are your heroes?
Millay, Ayn Rand, and Buffy. Strong women, wildly romantic with a dose of masculinity. Next script, BUFFY ON BROADWAY! with Rand as the Watcher and Millay as the eccentric vampire-nemesis... I've got so many ideas but I probably said too much already.