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Antigone Unearthed

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rachel Broderick
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Director.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
2011--the night after Thanksgiving. I was drinking with a friend of mine who'd just moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, and something in our conversation suddenly catalyzed an entire world of possibility that unified so many interests in my life in such a smooth and lucid way. I went home that night and wrote the play that's now in this festival.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
... literally makes the theater smell like a forest. (The story unfolds on a huge pile of dirt)

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
I think it's about rising and falling. Digging. Burying. I hope audiences take away a renewed or re-defined sense of awe for Antigone as both a true hero and a deeply destructive force. Her dual nature has certainly left an impression on me.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. This is definitely not the version of Antigone you had to read in high school.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I think people should come to FringeNYC in addition to the beach and the mountains and the movies! Life and art enrich each other infinitely.