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Be the Death of Me

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nina Hellman
June 11, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
The Civilians takes its singular brand of creative investigation in a bold new direction with Be the Death of Me, an installation performance piece that offers the audience intimate encounters with matters of life and death in New York City.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was in Kindergarten we did a play of the story Thumbelina. I didn't get cast as Thumbelina, and I was seriously disappointed, but I was cast as Thumbelina's Mom and I think I was a frog or something. In any case, I got all the laughs and that was it, I was hooked. I've been playing characters ever since.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
has death as it's subject.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Into the weeeeee hours.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Why not? I'm an optimist! Theatre gets people talking and can inspire people to effect positive change. Working in the theatre is a microcosm of what the world needs more of, creative collaboration to attain a positive end.