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Coney

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Tracey Gilbert
October 2, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I don't remember not wanting to work in the theater. That being true I never really thought about why I wanted to. It was just a given, like having brown eyes.

What was the last show you saw that really excited you, and why?
Collaboration Town's production of "The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos." Everything worked; the writing, the direction,the choreography, the actors. It was funny and sad and utterly insane and it seemed that every single moment was worked until it was fully realized. It was an absolutely fierce and fearless production.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
So many reasons. I've worked both with David Johnston (the playwright) and Blue Coyote before, and the experiences have all been fantastic. Working with them is really like working with family. Also, I just love this script and was particularly excited to play Shelley. She's a kind of character that I've never played before and I'm really excited by the challenge and the opportunity to dive in to someone so different from myself.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Smart.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Wow. What a fantasy. I think I would pick a few theater artists that I love (myself included) and tell them, "Here you go. Here's a giant chunk of change. Don't worry about your rent anymore, or food, or health insurance. Just go out and do what you do. And do it everywhere you possibly can. Stretch yourself and take risks and fail and succeed. Just do this thing that you are called to do, because it's just as worthy an endeavor as anything else...even if the pay is crap."