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Animals q&a preview by Sam Byron
July 23, 2012

What is your job on this show?

Who are your heroes?
My heroes, in no particular order, are: Sam Shepard for his twisted imagination, My father for his practicality and drive, and Jimi Hendrix for his courage to live honestly.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
The Fringe Festival is, for a lot of these shows, the only chance they'll have to bend New York's ear for a second. And I think it's amazing that FringeNYC gives them such a huge opportunity to do so. My show is pretty straight-forward in terms of production--just actors telling a good story--but Fringe is where you can see that, and then cross the street and watch a bunch of kids re-interpreting a 1970s Japanese Yakuza flick as an acid trip(Butterfly, Butterfly, Kill, Kill, Kill!).

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
"Animals" deals with a lot of tough subjects, both human and social, but I think ultimately this play is about friendship. It's about the way people change and either grow apart, stay together, or finally understand why their friend is the only one who has ever understood them. Shakespeare once wrote "Nature teaches beasts to know their friends." I think that says a lot about the heart of this play.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Bugs Bunny, because he's got a serious mean streak in him. He'd understand.

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
People have to stop judging theatre on its ability to "change society." Art can't be pressured to cure because it's already such a product of the disease. Why not just ask "Can theatre bring about societal awareness?" Because awareness is what brings about change. And theatre is an incredible source of awareness.