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POISON APPLE

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Susan Lambert
July 31, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Director/Producer.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
I love all kinds of theater, from Broadway to school holiday shows. But I have a special place in my heart for well-done community theater. I just recently saw a community theater production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Anaheim, CA that excited me because it reminded me a great show starts with smart, sharp writing. No matter your budget or even talent pool, a great script executed with sincerity and enthusiasm is better than a mediocre script bedazzled with a giant budget, amazing actors & spectacular production value. I love theater with heart, smart storytelling and compelling characters. And I love a show that surprises me as it unfolds.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I've been hearing about FringeNYC for years from friends who have seen or participated in it. When I first read Poison Apple, I knew we had to bring it to New York some day. FringeNYC is the perfect place for this new work. It's so exciting to be able to bring Poison Apple - which is based by a true story which took place in an apartment in Hell's Kitchen - to the city that inspired it.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I have known Sean Galuszka, the writer and actor of Poison Apple, for over 15 years. We've worked on five projects together. Four theatrical projects and a short film. Clearly, we like working together. His talent is deep - as a writer, an actor and an amazing musician. We collaborate very well. Because we get each other on a creative level, there is a lot of trust and shorthand between us. There are two roles in Poison Apple and Sean plays the backpacking hipster, Jerry. We needed the right person for Paul, the uptight New Yorker. Sean suggested Christopher Sams. I had seen Chris in Boys in the Band, when Sean had worked with him, so it felt like a really good fit. And it was. Chris brought an intensity and sweetness to the role, and he was a rock star to work with. He gets it, too. It's a joy to direct them in this show. They make me look good.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Oooh, hard to pick just one. Posion Apple is smooth, sexy and smart. But the best way to describe the show is surprising. It's surprisingly funny for a dark thriller, surprisingly sweet for a psycho-sexy love story and surprisingly emotional when you least expect it.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
I hope it's not an either/or game. People should come to FringeNYC AND do everything else. Seeing edgy, exciting new theater is inspiring. It makes you want to climb mountains, see movies, kiss your partner and hit up another Fringe show. My 5-year-old says there is an invisible heart-string that connects he and I together. I think we all have invisible heart strings connecting us to each other. Sometimes, those connections feel untethered, even severed. We all feel alone. And it's magic moments in a dark theater when you're suddenly invested in a story or a character that those heart strings start to vibrate, strengthen and pull you in... into people, into life, into trying to find out what happens next.