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Chains

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Youmie Francois
September 23, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

Do you like to read plays, or just perform them?
I actually enjoy both equally. I like to read plays because I'm often motivated to act them out. Especially a well written play that moves me. There are certain characters in plays that are so meaty,that the only thing left to do to complete them is to perform them.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I'd have to say that the playwright and the director are more important in theater then the actor. As an actor, I've learned that I'm nothing without the writing. One can be a great actor however if the writing and the direction is awful then it makes the actor very difficult to watch. Theater is a 3 way partnership between the playwright, director and actor. But the playwright is the foundation for everything.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about addiction. 3 women, dealing with 3 different types of addiction. One deals with sex addiction, the other drugs, and the last one deals with legalistic religion. We are attacking taboo subjects that most people would like to keep under the radar. Especially if they are still struggling with it. Many people believe that they are not a victim of addiction. This play will point out the subtle tendencies of addiction and will leave people asking themselves are they really free?

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
All of the above. Including suparss. It will surpass your expectations.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is a must when creating or supporting theatrical work. It's important that everyone has a voice and can see themselves in the work that's created. That's actually one of my favorite things about theater. It's really about showing real and genuine people. Not creating characters.