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sExtOrtiOn

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Patrick Thomas McCarthy
June 23, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
sExtOrtiOn, 6 boys, 2 girls & 1 adult take a harrowing ride into the dark world of teen sexting. Suggested by actual incidents...

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
Patrick Thomas McCarthy was born in West Allis, WI [same as Liberace], raised in Waukesha, WI [same as Alfred Lunt & Les Paul], went to school at St. Joseph Grade School & Catholic Memorial High School, graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a English Broad Field Secondary Teaching Degree and substitute taught at the high school where the sexting incident took place that suggests the fictional tale that is sExtOrtiOn....

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
#sExtOrtion is the only show opening in NYC this summer that has teen sexting represented with a gay slant. Boy poses as a girl on social networking site to get other boys to send him compromising pix & video told from the viewpoint of the only out kid in school....

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
#sExtOrtiOn might cause many audience members to lose sleep for several days if they can talk about what they see on stage. Director Christopher Caines could not sleep for several days after seeing one of the staged readings of #sExtOrtiOn & came on board the project due to his response to his first exposure to #sExtOrtiOn

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
King Lear would not like the LGBT subject matter in #sExtortiOn, and would not like my newest play THE LEARS: Fools of Fortune where he disowns his gay son in a fit of Alzheimersness & proceeds on a downward spiral that includes murder, blindings, humiliations, & family disfunction on an operatic level.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
The Fresh Fruit Festival honored my PRIDE RIVER CROSSING: A Spoon River for a New Century (C) 2011 with Best Playwright & Best Ensemble Acting Awards for last year's FFF. Without the Festival setting, my plays would not have the opportunity for initial exposure & workshopping that a festival provides.