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Sasquatched the Musical

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Phil Darg
June 24, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Author - Book, Music and Lyrics.

What is your show about?
Bigfoot exists! But he is an intelligent, rational being who defies the usual negative stereotype, and seeks to impress this fact on the quirky humans he meets.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Musical Theatre. It combines the most entertaining stage elements into one unique art form.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
. . . has a talking, singing, dancing Sasquatch. 'Nuff said.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Hopefully, into the wee hours; although the piece is a comedy, there's a lot of social commentary about the media, parenting, acceptance, etc. The themes are there . . . ideally, the audience will see them.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Puck would love this piece - a bunch of crazy characters lost in the woods, sometimes eluding each other, sometimes chasing each other, etc. "What fools these mortals be!"

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Very important. This whole piece focuses on the human acceptance of a Sasquatch - which could symbolize/represent the acceptance of just about any demographic outside of the accepted mainstream. Diversity is a main theme of the show.