How long have you been a member of Partial Comfort?
Since 2003. 2nd Generation PCP.
How did you initially find out about Partial Comfort? What made you decide you wanted to be a member?
I had done my actor training with (PCP Co-Artistic Director & Co-Founder)
When people ask you why you want to be a member of an ensemble, what do you usually tell them?
What I think we try to do as artists is engender human connection; ironically, this path can be incredibly isolating. It has always been my nature to seek out communities, groups of people who will simultaneously challenge and support my work and ideas. Plus, it’s incredibly gratifying to watch one another take risks and develop, sometimes in unexpected directions. Like, half the company is now married, and there are all these PCP babies. It will be amazing to see how being parents will inform people’s acting and writing, beyond being exhausted all the time and whatnot.
What are some projects (readings, workshops, plays) that you've enjoyed working on within the company?
Well my first play with PCP was Play, which was rad to work on as it was an experiment in and of itself, with Robert O’Hara inviting all these other playwrights to build on a one-act he had written, so it was a telephone play. The piece morphed from one reality-grounded scene into a surrealist, Lynchean freak-out; I realize now that working on that play got me excited about magical reality in my own writing universes.
What do you find inspiring/exciting about being a company member? What do you find challenging and/or what have you learned?
I've learned that it’s a slow process, becoming the artist I aim to be. I find that lesson incredibly challenging.
Talk a little bit about the professional relationships you've formed as a part of this company.
Various professional opportunities have sprouted up over the years as a direct result of PCP relationships, but I have to say that was never the primary reason to be in the company. I went from initially working as a dancer and singer in Broadway shows to just acting to now primarily writing; PCP has made each of these transitions slightly more tangible to me.
What projects (with the company or outside of the company) have you recently worked on or do you have lined up?
Well, I am bringing a full length up to next week’s retreat for the first time, currently entitled Amazing Face (I’ve brought shorter work in the past). It will be very exciting to hear actors speak these words— not just me and the untamed voices in my head. I also write for several magazines, and am working on a book about being a half-breed and growing up to be a Rockette, among other things. And I’m going to choreograph a big show this fall/winter, Chaos & Candy—a tripped out Vegas Christmas anti-Radio-City downtown spasm. Minds shall be blown.
What would you like people to know about Partial Comfort?
It’s the real deal. The theater is a sacred space for me. I don’t feel I’m alone here.