Gavin Creel: Interview

And that led you to being one of the co-founders of Broadway Impact?

Yeah, a friend of mine called and was like, 'We should do something,' and he introduced me to the people who are now the two co-founders with me, and we're still just making it up as we go, just thinking how can we help and what can we do?

I love the whole spirit where you're just going on the site and saying 'we're not sure what we want to do, but this is the direction we want to go in...'

Yes. It would be lying to say we have all the answers. We're literally making it up as we go. And I think it's working, and people are responding, and our strength is organizing this community, the community I'm a part of, the theater community.

I'm not trying to get Ellen DeGeneres to join us or whatever. I'm just trying to get people who are on Broadway, and people who work in the theaters Off-Broadway, and regionally across the country, to just stand up. We're the number one tourist attraction in New York City, and if we join together and make our voice heard, a lot of people come to Broadway shows every year.

So if they know where we stand, and how our community feels, and we're visual and out there as much as we can be... obviously the theater doesn't get as much press as -- thank you for covering me, heh -- but, we don't get as much press as American Idol or the Housewives of whatever f'ing city they're is up now. We get little bits and bites, but if we're consistent, and we're syeadfast, I think we can have a hand in it at least.

It seems like there's a lot of great stuff happening right now, with Yank! and the Temperamentals playing off-Broadway...

The Temperamentals is so good! I heard Yank is great, and I heard Next Fall is brilliant, and The Pride is opening, too, so it's nice because they're plays, from what I hear, I've only seen The Temperamentals and, while it's a piece of history, it's a play about activism.

It's not about stereotypes or whatever. It's about actual people, in time, dealing with stuff, and it's our stories. It's our lives. It's not sensationalized. It's what we are dealing with. Angels in America broke the mold in that way, where it was dealing with a really hard, horrible part of our lives, that you couldn't turn away from. It was everywhere, and people were just turning their backs on it, or trying to think that it wasn't their issue, or that AIDS was just a gay disease, and I think it gave voice to the theater community. So it's nice to see how things change and how they continue to change. I just hope people keep awake and not just apathetic. We'll do our part any way we can.

And do you know how long you're going to be in London?

Yeah, I'll be there until October 2. That's our last show. I come home on the third. Legally, we can't stay longer than that, our visas are done. It's crazy. We're going to go tomorrow and that's that. I move to London tomorrow, so we'll see what happens.