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The Shallot

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nora Vetter
October 22, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born, raised and went to school in Nebraska. (Go Huskers!)

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I enjoy performing in theater because it's live and uncut. There are no stop/starts, multiple takes or sequences performed out of order - unless it's written that way. It's one and done. If a mistake happens, you have to roll with it. And the audience reaction is instant but often never consistent.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to act in this show because not only could I identify w/ the Office Manager's outlook since I'm an admin in "real life" but I was excited to work on a comedy again after being in back to back shows that dealt with the "end of the world". Although, in some ways, this show may border on "end of the world" for some of the characters...but in a funny way. Ha!

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Bugs Bunny! The show is crafty, never allows itself to get down and out and has fun.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theater can definitely bring about social change! The history of Broadway shows alone illustrates this fact time and again.