Paul Storiale is a young, talented playwright and director who has created several new works that have premiered in NOHO. There is one play that needs special acknowledgement. Interview by Nancy Bianconi, Editor
Tell us about "The Columbine Project"?
Paul: Well, when we opened in North Hollywood, I wasn't sure how people would react. Given its subject matter, reviewers weren't showing up opening weekend. I got nervous until StagesceneLA's Steven Stanley shouted from the rooftops that it must be seen. The calls came in. The audience members spoke volumes and my original cast dedicated themselves not as actors, but as human beings, in order to tell this story. My producer and close friend, Bree Pavey worked diligently to make sure the entire cast of twenty two actors could take on New York together. Without any one of our leads there with us, the idea would have failed. Despite knowing it would be a financial disaster for them, each actor left jobs, agents, apartments and relationships behind and paid their own way to New York with only housing provided to them. It was a remarkable adventure. A true fairy tale of thespians making their way to share a story that not only touches the audience but that is gut wrenching for the actors each performance.