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POISON APPLE

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sean Galuszka
August 4, 2012

What is your job on this show?
playwright, actor, producer.

Who are your heroes?
In order: Dracula, David Bowie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Johnny Depp.

If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
I'm originally from Central New York. Syracuse. Leatherstocking Country - a term I still to this day do not understand. I'm looking forward to the trees. Primeval forest near the cloisters. Central Park. I miss New York State Trees.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I'm thinking "wee hours" on this one. Only because it is so convoluted. It's Tracy Letts meets Hitchcock. The end of the show is always a strange, paused, tense moment where no one in the audience knows quite what to do. The final action is so entirely horrifying and calls to question so many things about our values as human beings. What actions we would take faced with extreme circumstances. The human animal, hoping to only survive. Stuff like that people like to discuss at length.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Daffy Duck... With a Meat Cleaver. And all his rage behind Bugs along with it. Whoo wheee

Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre DOES bring about societal change. Or at least, keeps part of the inevitable separation of the village at bay. With theatre, people gather. Like we have always done. In a space. With light. Campfire, theatre lights, cinema. And they listen to the storytrellers. Together. All at once, live. The story of the hunt. The story of love lost. And won. And lost again. It is the one thing we have always done and always will do. And it will keep us aware of each other. And of the world. As it has always done.