nytheatre.com q&a preview by Peter Jensen
September 22, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Great writing that has humor, depth of feeling, and something to say.
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
The playwright, at least if there is a text involved. Actors are right up there as well; an actor who writes plays is a good combination!
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 wee hours of the morning, because it deals with so many issues: the Catholic church, racism, sexual abuse, personal honor, and the unavoidable nature of doubt. It is a dramatic story, written with great wit and respect for human limitation, and the tantalizing question, "Did he do it or not?"
Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Thomas Edison -- he would be amazed by the lighting design of Eric Cope.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would invest it in the T. Schreiber Studio, mount more productions, add more theater and rehearsal space, support the production of new plays, and give everyone a raise.