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Hit and Match

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Michael Hagins
May 6, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Producer, Writer.

What is your show about?
Hitman Cooper Williams has a problem. Not failing to hit his mark, not rival shooters, but coming home to an empty bed. What’s a lonely hitman looking for love to do? Turn to the dangerous world of online dating, that’s what. Join Cooper as he takes on this new and unpredictable world, where first dates lead to violence, death, and even veganism.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like theatre that offers something fun and exciting for the audience. I don't think every play needs to send a message. Sometimes plays can have a strong, meaningful message that will make people think, and sometimes plays can have swordfights or weird, quirky characters that you have a good time watching. That's what I've done a lot of.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I come from the rare spot of doing all three, but I'd have to say the director. Truthfully I'd hate to qualify one as most important because all are very difficult, but the director's job is to interpret the writer's show with the actors at his\her disposal. It's hard to balance all those egos and come up with a production that will make all involved happy. And luckily I feel like I have a director that does that.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
This show is 80% true for those who see it. It basically is about my dating life in 2007, and it was a way to both write about what I know, and get through some of the more odd moments in my life. I wanted to produce it in Planet Connections because I feel like it's a worthy play to their standards and it's a both a fun time for the audience, and actually does have a message that isn't too blunt.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
I'm a fan of all of them, but I'd say Jennifer Lawrence, only because she'd be great in this show if it were a movie, or it got to Broadway and she wanted in. Hopefully she'll come see it and executive produce or something...

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd absolutely attempt to build a theatre, because there aren't enough places to really put up new, quality work. I may burn through the money quickly but it'd be worth it to give artists a new theatrical home, albeit temporary.