Jail time never was this much fun! Based a true stories, Jeffrey Milstein, a prolific author both in NYC and regionally, “lampooning to the tooning of Brooks, Reiner, and Simon” in telling the story of a low-level prison in the famed military installation … and then sets the whole things to music!
We spoke with several of the actors from the production and there is an undeniable sense of joy coming from them all. How UNUSUAL for an indie play. What’s Milstein doing RIGHT??
Bright and fresh-faced, Dana Cavagnaro was simply gushing during the interview.
Tell us about yourself as an artist.
I’ve always been in love with musical theatre. Growing up, my family introduced me to all kinds of music and theatre so it’s always been a huge part of my life and my biggest passion. I try to perform as much as possible because I am at my happiest and most content while working on and performing in a show. The creative process is the most exhilarating thing, especially in a hilarious musical comedy like Fort Dicks! This whole experience has been a dream come true for me.
Tell us about your role in FORT DICKS
I play a few characters in Fort Dicks including Bailiff, Linda, BOP Operator, and Inmate Weiner. Linda, Inmate Tony’s girlfriend, is my favorite character to play because of her fierce attitude and the amount of physical comedy I get to do while playing her! I also love performing Inmate Wiener, who broke his leg and can’t seem to get the doctor to take is injury seriously!
Share with us your thoughts on independent theater. What is its significance to the skyline of entertainment in NYC?
Independent theatre is so important because it gives talented writers, performers, and musicians a chance to showcase their new works that they may not have the opportunity to showcase anywhere else. It’s so important to the landscape of professional theatre that independent theatre is being created because it opens the doors for more interesting and diverse stories to be told.
Rock on, Dana, Rock On!