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Wake Up!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Travis Baird
August 4, 2012

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

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theater that pushes the boundaries of how people think about themselves and society as a whole. The kind of work that will challenge perceptions and provoke thought

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
Will force you to think about the uncomfortable subject of race, and realize that things are a lot more grey than black and white.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
The playwright is a good friend of mine since highschool and he along with most of the cast went to NYU Tisch and studied at the Atlantic. Some of us also worked on the production of Wake Up! at the New Orleans Fringe Festival

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?
The book of mormon!

Theatre is a necessary ingredient in democratic societies. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
It is the obligation of the artist to speak the people not simply just to entertain. Yes we do make them laugh, cry, and escape for a brief moment. Theatre must also make sure that people don't simply idle by and accept things that are problematic whether it be race, gender, sexuality, education etc. Theater is there to stimulate in every way possible and allow people to exercise their voice, a key to any democratic society.