Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Middle Voice's New Play "Room For One" has Room For Us All

"It's about lonely people.  It's about how scary the world can be when things change in it.  It's about family and panic and passion and regret."
-Alec Silberblatt

What was Room for One's inspiration?

I had just moved to New York and everything was quite big and it was summer so everything everywhere was hot.  And I got a job at a fancy French bar that had just opened, and if there's one place I don't belong it's at a fancy French bar at three in the morning.  I was scared all the time, I had no idea if what I was doing was right, and I called home a lot.

How did you get involved in the theater?

My grandma took me to shows when I was little in Pittsburgh.  I started auditioning for little shows here and there and got in one and had a blast.  Everyone was like me, and I felt safe and happy.

We're the apprentice company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  We're a collection of writers, actors, directors, designers from all different backgrounds and places.  The whole idea is that we give voices to those who don't get heard.

What was the development for Room for One?

After I wrote the first draft, I had several workshops spanning over a year with the wonderful director Jenna Worsham.  We'd meet every few months with, mostly, a new cast, and work on the play.  I'd hear it, Jenna would point things out, I'd go home and re-write furiously.

How did you and Jenna your director collaborate?

I've sort of gotten to know Jenna through working on this play.  I met her as a result of being brought into the Middle Voice and having the play workshopped.  I trust her immensely because of that, and we've gotten to see each other grow as the play grows.  Usually, I'll write something and bring it in and she'll stage it, and as we stage we'll see what works and what doesn't.  She's smart as hell.  She see's things I don't.  It's easier for her to be objective.

What is your writing schedule?

I write at night or in the morning.  I try and write something everyday.

How do you approach your career (organizationally, the things you do etc)?

I do everything I can.  Your career is what you're doing right now.  I just want to work.  I want to get better. As an actor, I look for good writing.  As a writer, I'm always writing.

What's next?

I'll be working as an actor in Twelfth Night with Middle Voice and Rising Phoenix Rep.

Performances begin at 8pm on Wednesday through Saturday, with additional performances at 1pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets can be reserved at and/or by emailing Jaime Jaget at All tickets are free with a suggested donation of $5. Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th St b/t Bowery Street & 2nd Avenue.

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