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Nocturnal: Portrait of a New York Night

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ricki Lynee
July 15, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor, Playwright, and Production Manager.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I knew that I wanted to work in theater when I worked on my first play with Pangaea Performance Ensemble. It was a production of Derek Walcott's, Ti Jean and his Brothers. I was a junior in college and I had never experienced working on a theatrical production in its entirety. Our multicultural ensemble worked effortlessly nonstop for months wearing multiple “hats” as actors, designers and marketers, becoming a family, and witnessing the magic of theatre unfold before our eyes. From this experience the possibility of touching lives through Theatre seemed endless.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
My show is the only one in FringeNYC that captures the city it is based in (NYC), in its most vulnerable, honest, and exhilarating moments after dark. Nocturnal portrays the New York City nightlife from a multitude of viewpoints and explores the various lifestyles in the city that your average New Yorker takes for granted.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
Nocturnal is about the intersecting lives of people in New York with various aspirations and desires. But despite their differences and the obstacles that these individuals face, their journeys are quite similar. It is a play about everyone. In it we present a window into the lives of many immigrant and native experiences on the nightshift so the audience can observe and appreciate aspects of life that are seldom told.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Mickey Mouse would identify most with Nocturnal. He along with his other rodent family, could appreciate the experiences that the rats in our play tell. There is nothing more "New York Night" than a good rat story.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is the root and soul of the theatre I make. I personally don't find anything more interesting than the lives of various groups of people and the similarities and differences that they bring to the table. To observe us as a group is to observe a glimpse of humanity, which I think highlights this world at its best.