By Byrne Harrison
Name: Marc Silverberg
Play: He’s Not Himself
Relationship to production: Playwright
Website: Planet Connections
How did you first get involved in theatre?
I have been involved in theater since junior high school. I have participated in shows both in school and community theater.
Who are your biggest influences?
This show is greatly influenced by the work of George and Ira Gershwin. I try to draw inspiration from many successful musical theater writers as well as independent rock artists.
What is your show about?
Based on Gershwin’s Pardon My English, the show is a madcap comedy about a police officer who receives an accidental bump on the head and turns into a ruthless gangster.
What inspired you to write it?
When I saw the original Gershwin musical, I felt that a the plot was very creative and had a lot of potential but was under-utilized. I felt that the comedic elements of the main character changing from one personality to another could be greatly enhanced and turned into a farcical free-for-all.
Why was it important to you to be part of an eco-friendly theatre festival?
I believe that any attempt to raise awareness to go green is one of the most important things we as a community can be doing right now. Even if a show is not specifically about the environment, anything that helps get the message out is important.
Planet Connections donates a portion of the box office for each show to a charity. What charity has your production chosen and why?
I chose Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. I have contributed to this charity for several years and love doing so.
What's next for you after Planet Connections?
I would like to continue to improve this show and see how far I can take it. I am constantly writing as many new shows as possible and I wouldn’t mind seeing another production in a future planet festival.
And finally, if you could get any person, living or dead, to see this show who would you choose and why?
I would love George Gershwin to see this show. I would be very interested to hear his opinion of the new directions we have taken.
He's Not Himself
Wednesday, June 01 at 4:30PM
Friday, June 03 at 8:10PM
Sunday, June 05 at 5:00PM
Saturday, June 11 at 2:00PM
Sunday, June 12 at 4:00PM
Friday, June 17 at 6:00PM
The Robert Moss Theatre
440 Lafayette Street