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Rori Nogee The New Playwright on the Block

Rori Nogee The New Playwright on the Block

Rori Nogee’s new drama Aftershocks premiering at the NYWinterfest asks the question can a cracked foundation ever heal?

Rori previously wrote the book, music and lyrics for Siren’s Den: A New Rock Musical, produced at The Gene Frankel Theater, Under St. Mark’s, The West Village Musical Theater Festival and the NYNW Theater Festival (Semi-Finalist). Her demo CD is available on iTunes.

T2C got together with Rori to learn more about this multi-talented playwright/songwriter and actor. 

T2C:What came first acting or writing?

Rori Nogee:Acting. I started with dance recitals at age 7 and joined a musical theater class for kids at 9.  That class formed us into a children’s choir for an audition and we ended up booking Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat on Broadway a year later.  Sometimes I feel I peaked at 10!

T2C:How did you get your ideas for the plays you write?

Rori Nogee:Definitely from my personal life. I’ve been through a lot of pain and rejection. The plays are largely autobiographical, but I also add in a touch of fantasy and some “what if questions.”

T2C:What was the first play you wrote?

Rori Nogee: Down This Road. It’s about a relationship between a faded rockstar and her biggest female fan who get reacquainted after a falling out.  The rockstar is now married and living in suburbia.  When her former fan offers her the opportunity of a lifetime, she has to choose between her past and her present.

T2C:What was your first acting gig?

Rori Nogee:Pinocchio, the Musical!  Luckily I didn’t have to audition for it, as it was the show put on by that musical theater class.  I was a village person in the ensemble and a toy clown.

T2C:What advice do you have for other budding playwrights?

Rori Nogee:Write what you know and don’t write to please anyone. Tell the story you want to tell. The best advice I heard was from Stephen Adly Guirgis who said, “Write what keeps you up at night.”

T2C:What subjects would you like to take on?

Rori Nogee: I like to write about unrequited love and emotionally unavailable people. I explore flawed humans that make a lot of mistakes, as we all do.

T2C:What playwrights inspired you?

Rori Nogee:Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter is my favorite, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics. I tend to like the kitchen sink dramas that feel real and in the moment.  Another favorite is Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams.

T2C:You also write musicals. What composers and shows inspired you?

Rori Nogee:Rent and Jonathan Larson all the way!  Siren’s Den also has a Spring Awakening flavor. I love the Contemporary Pop Rock sounds like Tom Kitt’s Next To Normal and If/ Then.

T2C:As an actor what roles would you like to take on?

Rori Nogee:My dream roles are Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, Fosca in Passion, The Witch in Into the Woods and Susan in Tick Tick Boom.

T2C:What would you like our audience to know about you?

Rori Nogee:That I like to turn pain into art. I take the worst things that have happened and I look for a universal way to express them and make them raw and beautiful.

You can see Aftershocks at the NY Winterfest at the Hudson Guild, 441 West 26th St. January 7th @9pm, 9th @ 9pm, and 12th @6pm


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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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