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Our Lord and Savior’s Seahorse

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sean Michael Welch
July 13, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
An artist fights for the integrity of his crucified Jesus sculpture when his benefactor complains that Christ has been short-changed in one very important area.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not working on a play, I'm probably working on a novel, or a screenplay, or a webseries. I don't seem to ever have a lack of stories that I want to tell and explore.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
My play STAGED READING appeared at last year's MITF and walked away with five awards. Last year I also brought my show ALL AN ACT to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then was able to extend that journey by showing it in Exeter with the help of some new and very supportive friends. All in all, I've had around twenty-seven of my plays produced, including BOISE, IDAHO, RISE UP YOU BLOODY ANIMALS, EARL THE VAMPIRE, TRY NOT TO STEP ON THE NAKED MAN, and most recently THE OX ROAD CROSSING GATE at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I attended the Actors Studio Drama School with director Chris Triebel, and actor Nicole Stoica, who I try to collaborate with as much as I can, or as much as they will let me. Actors Jasper Lauderdale and Lorenzo De Boni I met at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, both students at St. Andrews University in Scotland. As it happened, both ended up in New York and I was able to use them, which was ideal for the show.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
I would have to say Puck. I think for as comical and subversive as the play is, he would find a lot to enjoy. A lot may depend on his religious views, but as he is a sprite, I'm not sure how that would play into it.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
That's easy. I would buy my own theatre and show off my many talented friends. Then I would buy a camel and name it Ruby. Ruby would live in the theatre lobby, so no one could say -you were supposed to spend the money on theatre things-. Check and mate, my friend.