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Broke Wide Open

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Stephen Bishop Seely
September 16, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When I was a mere one year old, my family moved out of the city to a sheep farm in Tonganoxie, Kansas. This is where I was raised my entire life and where I went to school. I had a very happy childhood. I was a child actor and my parents would drive me hours every night to rehearsals and shows. I was exposed to so much theatre and music being from a small town. I was very lucky. When I got older I ended up going to Kansas State University for undergrad and Michigan State University in East Lansing for my Masters of Fine Arts in Acting.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
is dangerous. I mean that in a good way. This show from start to finish will take you on a ride that is unexpected. Rock WILK is vulnerable, charismatic, raw, in your face, and brings universal issues of identity and matters of the heart to the forefront. He forces you to think. He forces you to care. And when an artist does that with his words, his music, his actions...I think his power is amazing. Because an audience is then transformed. What more could you ask for?

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about searching for one's identity and finding a safe place called home. But in a broader sense, it's Rock WILK's autobiographical story of his search of his biological mother and how it affects his relationships with his friends, family, and significant others. Audiences will be blown away from start to finish. They will take away this one man's journey and compare it to their own journey in their life. Audiences will be deeply moved and others will be deeply inspired. It's that kind of a show where each audience member will take home something different.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Bruce Springsteen. Rock WILK and Bruce Springsteen have very similar performance energy and stage charisma. They both know how to rock it out. Bruce would love this show.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would open a theatre company and produce new plays and musicals. I would give opportunities to new and unheard voices/playwrights and I would make it my mission to produce exciting, risk-taking, and ground-breaking theatre.