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The Man Under

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Paul Bomba
January 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright, actor.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I spent lots of time during my formative years riding on the subway - which is where lots of my play takes place. I went to college at Cornell, and studied theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...almost anyone in New York can identify with. We're exploring some very universal themes in a setting that is so specifically New York, that our audience won't be able to help but say "wow, I've felt that way too."

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
It's about getting stuck and unstuck. How we treat our impulses and the thoughts we have to control them. It's about finding the happy medium where we can both control and listen to our hearts, and find happiness. That happiness boils down to love- how to honor it, obey it, and live (or die) with it.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
It's definitely SEXY... or charmingly not SEXY. These are all people who want love and don't quite have all the answers. There's a whole lot of sexiness- a whole lot of humorous fumbling as well!

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd get space. I'd find an old warehouse in Brooklyn or Queens and make it into a haven for artists - where shows can be rehearsed and developed. I'd hire a staff that would appeal to the government for grants, advertise shows developed in our space, and give our guests guidance on how to expand their audience. Our space would mostly be used by not-for-profits with operating expenses less than $100,000, because the little guys need some help getting off the ground. I'd want it to be an incubator that's half Lark half Chashama half 59E59.