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Sweet Tooth

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sam Gedymin
July 24, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
My father took me to NYC on a business trip when I was 14. We saw "Stones In His Pockets", a two-man show about an entire Irish town in the throes of a Hollywood invasion. Before that, I'd acted for fun, but watching these men play several characters, moving me to laughter and tears, my vocation solidified. I've never been part of a more emphatic standing ovation.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
This is my Fringe debut, and I couldn't be happier. The Fringe is known for being the place where theater artists are allowed to really go for it. I plan to see as many other shows as I can!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
People will talk about SWEET TOOTH well into the wee hours of the night. This play asks the big questions...

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Based on most of his lyrics, Springsteen would like it the most. Edison is a thinker, so he would like it too. Snooki, I'm afraid to say I have somehow avoided ever even seeing her face, though her name comes up everywhere, and from what I hear she would probably fall asleep after 5 minutes of any play.

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes. Clifford Odets' play "Waiting for Lefty" incited immediate protests in the streets after curtain, in some cases. The unions were being bullied, buckling to pressure, and the working class suffered. While persons in the audience experienced these troubles, once put onstage they realized the were truly not alone. Eighty years later, and the story is familiar.