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Fat Asses: The Musical

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Peter Zachari
March 5, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director and playwright.

What is your show about?
Fed up of feeling invisible, four larger-than-life ladies storm the offices of the GAUNT fashion magazine, where they are immediately thrust into a spotlight of social media adoration, forcing them to confront their deepest and sometimes deadliest secrets.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Very early. My elementary school put on a third-grade musical review but I was much too shy to participate. When I saw the show I sat there so envious. I remember someone singing “Calendar Girl” and all the months were played by students. I wanted to be a month so bad. I also remember performing Grease in the backyard of one of my friends. It was a two-person show and we had to wait a half hour while Sandy got her hair curled.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
At FringeNYC 2011 I wrote, directed and acted in the musical Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow. We extended into the Fringe Encores Series. Performed at the Huntington in Boston (Love’s Labour’s Lost), the Hippodrome State Theater in Florida (All in the Timing, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Christmas Carol & the Illusion) and the Emelin Theater in New York (1940’s Radio Hour). I directed for many seasons at Summer Theater in Salem including productions of Moon Over Buffalo, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Rumors, Grease, Footloose and Into the Woods.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met my writing partner Damon Maida at the University of Florida. We were roommates during grad school. Our musical director and orchestrator also went to UF. I met our choreographer Joey Mirabile when I was teaching at Salem State University. The four of us all worked together on Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow and we have reunited for FAT ASSES: THE MUSICAL!

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Um, Meryl Streep! She could stalk me any time.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would write a show that would allow every single actor to perform in New York City so at the end of the year they could write “Actor” on the ‘occupation’ line of their taxes and beam with pride.