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An Interrogation Primer

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sean Bolger
July 23, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
It was during my first show in the Fall of 2003: Redmoon Theater's Winter Pageant. Before that I had never performed, but I'd always been a fan. Somewhere during that run I thought to myself-this is what I was made to do.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
Since I began my pursuit of acting I've wanted to perform outside of Chicago-and where better than New York! The Fringe Festival seemed to be the perfect venue, especially for a piece like An Interrogation Primer.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
It basically lays out the process of becoming an Army interrogator, being an interrogator in Iraq, and coming home from Iraq after doing this sort of work. Audiences will take away a better understanding of what this life is like and perhaps have deeper insight into what our country does with our soldiers.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I would have to say Marge Simpson, as there are lots of moments where I could see her, cross armed, saying,"Mmmmmmmmm...!"

Theatre is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I agree. There is no better venue for facilitating change and expressing a unique voice in the arts than in theatre. You have an opportunity to connect with people in a most intense and intimate way for a short period time. Given those parameters, almost anything can happen.