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Nat King Cole: The Vanguard of Avant Garde

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Verlon Brown
June 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Lead Actor.

What is your show about?
This show delves into the inner thoughts and behind the scenes life of the great, Nat King Cole.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I attended school at Flushing High School.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I thrive off of an immediate reaction from an audience.

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
This show is not intended for sensitive audiences under the age of 13, due to language, drug references and sexual innuendoes.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SMOOTHEST, SEXIEST, SMARTEST, and MOST SURPRISING!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Of course! Audiences seek theatre as a release from their own world. As an actor, I have the opportunity to bring these stories to life that seek to alter one's perception of their world, or of society. I hope to bring awareness to key issues, that perhaps, people don't realize still exist. The theatre is a perfect place to bring up a topic that may be a sensitive subject to a group of people and offer a chance for reaction and thought.