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You Will Make A Difference

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sandy Yaklin
October 8, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Set Designer.

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.