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Bullet Catch

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rob Drummond
March 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright and performer.

What is your show about?
Bullet Catch is a theatrical magic show which investigates the true story of an ill fated magician and an unsuspecting audience member.

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
No. I've written traditional playscripts, improvised with teenagers, trained as a professional wrestler, performed magic and this May I'll be tackling contemporary dance with the National Theatre of Scotland. I'm interested in delivering compelling stories in exciting and diverse ways. Every play should be different and it's about finding the best method of delivery to use for each specific idea. And within that lies the decision of what role I am best suited to play in a particular production; whether I'm simply the writer or whether I am a performer and/or director as well. In this way I strive to maintain a free and limitless working practice.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
hands an audience member a loaded weapon.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
The effect of this show tends to last a while. For some they can shake it off after a few drinks at the bar afterwards but others get in touch and stay in touch for long after they've experienced it, especially the audience members who are chosen to help me out. It's fun to hear people who've seen two different performances comparing notes and trying to work out how it's done because every performance is different.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I understand Snooki is on some sort of reality show so basically NOT HER. I can't stand those things. Come laugh at a bunch of people who should probably be in therapy and encourage their innane behaviour by making them stars. They are contemporary freak shows and there's really no excuse for watching them, even 'ironically'. I don't hate the people on them (they are victims of the producers) but by watching you make the whole destructive venture possible. I use a Springsteen track at the end of the show so probably him. Edison's way too smart. He'd guess all the tricks. Then invent better ones.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
It's rare but not unknown for theatre to be the actual catalyst for change but more often it acts as a reflection of prevailing social feeling. It can certainly make people aware of things that they might not otherwise fully notice or be able to articulate. People know when something isn't right but they don't necessarily always have the words or the time to investigate what's going on. That's where the arts can be of great service. Moray Council in Scotland has recently proposed cutting 100% of its arts budget, which is just staggeringly ignorant and short sighted. It's art that allows us to communicate with each other, share our similarities and investigate together what makes us human. Moray Council should hang their heads in shame. Tweet them if you love the arts. Please.