nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rebecca VerNooy
October 7, 2012
What is your job on this show?
writer and performer.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like to work on more "alternative" theatre that challenges my own perceived limitations. Although I have created several one-person shows, I love working with an ensemble of actors dissecting a theme that stretches my imagination and demands that I step out of my comfort zone.
If this is your first appearance in United Solo -- why did you want to be part of this festival?
This is my first time at the Festival, and I am thrilled to be a part of such an organized and exuberant team. Honestly, I haven't made my own work since my son was born four years ago, so I wanted to make sure I still knew how to write and perform. Since I lived in New York for 20 years, and now live in Athens, Ohio, it is also a great chance to come back to the city and be in that extraordinary energy and creativity.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Although Across Time is fairly auto-biorgraphhical, it also has many fictionalized events. It's a show that looks at motherhood, middle age and mortality, revealing the transcendent power of love. It's a story about a woman who has to get some things done before she moves on to the next phase.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
"SURPRISING"!! Space and time collapse in this piece, so one has to let go of rationale, and go for the ride.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would travel the country, and create new work with the under served kids in high school and Junior high. we would create beautiful pieces from their own experiences. I would invite leaders of the communities to participate, sharing their own stories of struggle and humanity. Theater can validate an individual, and help young people find their own voice. More kids need to know that their voice matters.