Franco Moschetti is an Italian-born writer and director. He's a veteran at organizing theatrical events in Europe and New York. From 2003 to 2005, he organized over 200 people in elaborately choreographed, theatrical marches down New York City’s Fifth Avenue. One of the more prominent of these marches was a 200-person re-creation of the Money scene from the movie Cabaret, a number that got front-page coverage in the Daily News. In Ghent, Belgium, from 2003 to 2005, Franco organized live performances featuring a long list of entertainers from various artistic backgrounds. In 2010, Franco, who recently graduated from the New York Film Academy, wrote and directed two short films. He has also co-written a script for a feature-length movie which will start shooting this coming fall and is currently busy co-writing a book of short stories about Jewish Americans in modern-day New York. Currently, his show “When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth,” a play about female Jewish Resistance fighters and the heroic sacrifices of many Germans in WWII who refused to participate in Nazi machinery, is playing at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC as part of their Summerfest 2011 (303 West 42nd Street, 3rd floor) on July 23 (3pm), July 24 (7pm), and July 28 (9pm)! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 646-329-6588.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? The inspiration came from inside…from a firey and powerful need to share all that pertains to the deep spiritual essence of human beings.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Film director Darren Aronofsky because no one nowadays can capture the pure essence of a script the way he does.
3. What made you want to write "When Yellow Were The Stars on Earth?" and what excites you most about having "When Yellow Were The Stars on Earth" in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summerfest 2011? I have studied the Holocaust for many years, including the phenomenon of Jewish female resistance fighters and the rarely spoken about heroic acts of German citizens against Nazis. When I found out these details of WWII hadn't been dealt with in the theater before, I felt called upon to write about them.
What excites me most about having "When Yellow Were The Stars on Earth" in Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summerfest 2011 is the possibility of showing the play to an intimate, hand-selected audience. The set up at Manhattan Rep is cozy and can be highly rewarding in terms of the possible intensity of exchange between audience and actors.
4. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? I have learned how to explore the journey from my inner feelings and realizations to the sharing of them with those who will be exposed to my work. Creating the subtle and finely tailored language that conveys my thoughts brings me to an exhilarating state. I love to dwell in that state, which make me experience a deeper feeling of love that I usually can't reach.
5. What is your favorite part in the creative process in writing a play? The joy of sharing it and the hope that my work will help to disclose certain unexplored realms.
6. Favorite place to write? Anywhere…the moment I start writing the outside world vanishes.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Keep cultivating the deep friendships I have with my loved ones. This keeps my heart in shape.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Neither.
9. Favorite website? Mercola.com.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman because it is nice to be a woman that "wonders."
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Never doubt your own potential.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Myself…Let's hope it doesn't turn into a nightmare.