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Chrysalis

nytheatre.com q&a preview by The Grief Monster
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Lead Puppet.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Well, I pretty much fell into it. I was working behind the bar at a hole-in-the-wall puppet theater on Clement. Evangeline came in one night and, with one look at my black roses and unusually googly eyes, she could tell I was different. I'm no Teletubby. Hell, I even drop the "F" bomb from time to time. I'm obsessed with death and I like watching people cry. Long story short, we started working on Chrysalis the very next day.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
I didn't have much of a choice, did I? I live in a suitcase, dude.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
It's about everything bad and sad and mad in the world. My main goal, artistically and personally, is to make people CRY.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
Probably Death of a Salesman. I've never seen it, but it has the word "DEATH" in it.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is extremely important! Too many shows these days have an anti-puppet bias within the casting process. Some shows have no puppets at all! And the roles that ARE available for puppets are all stereotypical "puppet" roles: happy, cheerful, childish. This show is the first opportunity I've had to really break out of that mold, showcasing my ability not only to make people cry, but also to piss them off. By buying a ticket for Chrysalis, you will be supporting the artistic expression of puppets everywhere.