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WEST OF EDEN

nytheatre.com q&a preview by STEVE KEYES
September 20, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Writer/Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
A touring production of TREASURE ISLAND came to my grade school and I was entranced. And hooked.

If you are performing in the piece you wrote, do you think another actor could also play this role?
I would hope my play would be accessible played by another actor. It is multi-character and I hope, touches on universal themes.

Which famous solo performer has been most inspirational to you: Spalding Gray, John Leguizamo, Lily Tomlin, or Whoopi Goldberg?
The Lily Tomlin show by Jane Wagner, SEARCH FOR SIGNS...has been an ongoing signpost for me during the development of my solo show. Ruth Draper's monologues have also been a key inspiration.

Has this show been presented in other cities before New York? Was there a place where the response to this piece surprised you, and why?
My show is about finding a place to call 'home' and that life and a lease are both temporal. I have performed WEST OF EDEN a number of times in Los Angeles previous to the United Solo Festival.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I think all theatre good or bad reflects the tenor of the times in a more live and immediate way than any other form of human expression.