The moment has come. You're jumping into L.A. Lights Fire. Where's your mind at?
Connect. Be present. Be honest. Be clear. And crush Tecates.
Haha you're in the right place!
I bet Eric (LALF playwright) didn't realize when he wrote this that they would be the number 1 selling canned beer in cocktail bars and dives alike across New York.
Being an LA guy, is there any extra pressure doing a play that's set in LA, but doing it in NYC?
Yeah a little... But I'm proud to be reppin!
LA Mexican or NY Pizza?
LA MEXICAN all day. I'd rather have NY pizza than NY Mexican. Although The Halal Guys have been an okay late night Mexican food substitute.
We met doing Footloose the musical forever ago in CA. Does your wife know that you can get down like that?
Oh she's learned... And now every bar, party, or wedding we go to she's asking me, no, telling me, to do the worm. But it ain't 2002 no mo. Now I dance my way out of the bar unintentionally. I'm really just walking.
You've been in NYC 2 years?
3... We were welcomed by Hurricane Sandy.
Tell me about the idea to make the move to NYC. Newly married. Chasing a dream. How's that conversation go down with the Mrs.?
We were here to watch Newsies in what was supposed to be a 6 week engagement on Broadway, so I told my wife we gotta go... And as we were walking around Chelsea wearing our scarves drinking our blue coffee cups, I said "you know, I've always wanted to live here." And her being Hawaiian and afraid of the cold and lack of sun she replied... "well let's do it now before we have kids!" She's super cool like that. And now SHES the one who keeps renewing the lease!
Biggie or Tupac?
Tupac. I get that 2pac can't freestyle. I get that Biggie rapped more naturally, and about his actual life. But 2pac put out more material than any other rapper to date, and unless he's just doing all of these time-released albums from Cuba, he can't be beat. He was a poet. He teamed up with Dre in his prime. He created the triple stacking of vocals. And I'm from the West Coast. To live and die in LA...
When you take to the LALF stage for the first time, knowing the mileage you put in to get here... what's the reward look like / feel like when you take that first bow?
Umm it's pretty freaking cool when you take that bow on any show. It's like you're coming out of a blackout or waking up. And you finally get a littler perspective. So that perspective is probably going to be "Wow, doing a play in NY is cool enough... But doing one about my home, in NY, with my friends... Stoked."