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Passing Through: Room 603

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Shane Jensen
March 27, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Designer/Actor.

What is your show about?
PASSING THROUGH: Room 603 weaves together three stories of temporary pleasure and pain which take place in the same hotel room but different times.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Waconia, MN and grew up in the bustling city of Corcoran, MN on a horse farm. I studied the theatre at Gustavus Adolphus College and with the Atlantic Theater Company.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Everyone has their moment and purpose. Without the others each is nothing.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I have always been drawn to the mysteries of the hotel room. For one night, week, etc. you are living in a space that is in its own universe. Though you may be surrounded by everyone marching every which way outside the hotel walls; inside you are stuck in the zone of the hotel room. It dictates your moves and moods just as it has with whoever else was there before or who is entering after. Everyone is equal in there. Unless you have the honeymoon suite.

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny. Hes living a lie. Hes stuck in a job hes sick of. He would see hes not the only one.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would probably end up doing something similar to the movie Synecdoche, New York. Id continue to build a set that got to an infinite scale with numerous rooms and streets. More and more people start "rehearsing" and the script is every changing until there is not one until everyone involved is "acting" in this "play" forever. That probably sounds terrifying but I think I'm just being honest.