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Breaking Velocity

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Megan Phillips
July 1, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Creator, writer, performer..

What is your show about?
In BREAKING VELOCITY, M finds light in the darkness when her budding dreams are smashed by a car - literally.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Inspiring theatre. Uplifting theatre. Theatre that makes you question your beliefs, your perceptions -- theatre that resonates with your soul. Theatre that validates your struggles and perhaps provides one person's answer to universal situations. Also, theatre that I've written is the most fun -- because if I can't remember the line, I can just change it :D

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
...is a solo, autobiographical, musical dramedy exploring the question: what happens when everything you've trained for, hoped for, dreamed of, is taken from you in a heartbeat?

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
The first time people laugh at M's struggles after the Event (being hit by a car). People are surprised at how funny this show can be. There are a few scenes where the audience guffaws - not necessarily because of M's situations (though contextually, they are pretty funny) - but because they touch on universal themes. If anyone has experienced unexpected, major CHANGE in their life, they will resonate with this show. THAT'S what jazzes me (the resonating, not the terrible thing that's happened to people). Finding the humour in a particularly terrible situation - because perspective shifts inspire change and growth.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Rosalind! Because she is just such a cool, brave lady with a quick wit and prudent head on her shoulders. Maybe that's just the lady crush I have on her.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theater can! Societal change is just a mass cultural perspective shift. We in theatre give audiences a concentrated period of using their imaginations, of showing them a parallel reality, in ways that no other artistic method can. An audience filled with strangers can come together to view a very specific world, question or validate their own belief systems, and perhaps transform their own personal lives... and therefore, the world at large. To me, that is exactly what societal change is.