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You Will Make A Difference

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Stephanie Eiss
October 11, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
My favorite type of theater to work on is collaboratively devised work like this play. I love being a part of the creative process from start to finish, and I think the deep sense of connection that a group gains from creating work this way is absolutely invaluable from both a theatrical standpoint and a human one. Besides, I believe most really brave theatrical work is created collaboratively, largely because each artist is encouraged to bring their thoughts and experiences to the table in equal measure and there is simply a greater pool of ideas from which to draw.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
A little over a year ago I had the good fortune to see Living in Exile, and it still sticks out to me as one of the single most exciting pieces of theater I've ever seen. It took the epic scale of the Trojan War and its parallels in the Iraq War and boiled it down to the most essential images and actions. It emphasized what is universal about the human experience of war without limiting its scope. Additionally, the lead actor was completely riveting in his portrayal of three distinct characters and it was an inspiration to watch him work.

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 believe that the audience will be talking about the show into the wee hours of the night. We are dealing with a subject that absolutely everyone either has or will experience; adolescence. It is my hope that audiences will use this opportunity to reminisce about their experiences as teens, and reflect on what adolescence means not just for individuals but for whole cultures and even nations.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. We try our best to surprise ourselves each time we rehearse the show, and I believe we will surprise each audience that sees it.

Theater is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I absolutely agree that theater is a necessary part of democratic society. The success of a democratic society rests on the ability of that society to serve the needs of its people. Art and storytelling are two powerful mediums for the communication of those needs, and theater combines both of those forms. Also, dissent is a major hallmark of a democratic society, and theater has historically been a popular method of exploring and communicating dissent.