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Words, Razors, and the Wounded Heart

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Patrick Dooley
March 5, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
In WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART, home is a battleground, the only true love is forbidden, and when someone screws you over, you don't get mad -- you get homicidal.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
As funny as it may sound, when I was 15 in the audience of a matinee of Grey Gardens. I hadn't even been cast in a high school show, but I knew it was what I had to do. It was a career to make people laugh and cry and to transform. I knew at intermission and told my family I had to work in the theatre.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
Well, Spring, technically--April 11-27th-- but it is certainly the only show that deals with sex, drugs, love, and homicide...all during prom season.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
This show is produced by Less Than Rent Theatre, in association with Horse Trade Theater group. I'm a company member of Less Than Rent having met many of my collaborators in school here in New York. James, the playwright, and Jake, our director both recently graduated as well. There are some new faces in the group both in the cast and on the design team who I met on day one of rehearsal. It's an exciting group, full of energy and talent.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
While it's certainly all four of these--it is most SURPRISING. I mean that in the most exciting way possible. The more I work on this show, the more I can't wait for audiences to take this journey with us.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Certainly. As soon as you gather a group of people into one room and tell them a story, you have the power to incite change. Even if it is a piece of entertainment for entertainment's sake, that change is a shift in that group's mood and maybe they'll encourage others to be happier, too. If it is a piece that makes an audience think and reflect and discover something about the world, it could very well incite action. I think it is about what happens after leaving that theatre space.