You Will Make A Difference
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sandy Yaklin
October 8, 2012
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
At age 2, I started running around singing, dancing and dressing up in my mother's nighties. In high school, I got addicted to the energy that flows into you and back out to the audience during performance. There are many things that I don't like about the business of show, but I keep getting drawn back to the sense of community and the physical experience you only get from large, live groups.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
Explores a dilapidated church.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I wanted to work on a project where the physical space and performance were developed together and intertwined. Plus I've always wanted to live in a church.
Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Definitely Bugs. He's a trickster who adds an bit of anarchy. Of the amusing variety.
How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Very. I think of diversity both in terms of involving people from minority categories (based on race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, etc.) and types of theater experiences. I grew up near Detroit, which is pretty segregated and always offended my sense of fairness. Also, I've had an outsider's perspective since the third grade and still have a teenager's attraction to the new and exotic. And I get bored easily, so I like to mix people and things together for both social and personal reasons.