BY Brandon Voss
September 16 2009 7:00 AM ET
Next to your writing credit on your film’s IMDb.com page it reads, “divinely inspired through” in parentheses. What’s that mean?
It’s the credit I gave myself back when I wrote Adam & Steve because I truly believe that the show was as divinely inspired through me as the Bible was.
Are you religious?
I left the Catholic Church when I was 12, much to the horror of my family, just because I didn’t believe in it. I don’t understand how you can justify a lot of their teachings. I still went to Catholic school and I still got confirmed, though, because if I wasn’t confirmed, all hell would’ve broken loose.
Did you have problems coming out to your Catholic parents?
No. My mom actually passed away the morning after my first gay experience, so coming out was very easy for me because I had so much other stuff to deal with. Coming out was the last thing I was going to worry about.
You cast gay comedian and Trick star Steve Hayes as a very effeminate God in Adam & Steve. Are you hoping to piss off Christian right groups for publicity’s sake?
I do want to push the envelope and get people thinking. But Steve Hayes plays God the way that he wanted to play God; I never told him to play God as effeminate. Besides, I see his God as more of a sweet, cuddly teddy bear than anything.
Your actors -- including Liz McCartney, Marty Thomas, Andre Ward, Jeff Metzler, Celina Carvajal, and Jim Newman -- have performed collectively in nearly 50 Broadway musicals. Why did you fish almost exclusively in the Broadway talent pool to make this film?
I had to find triple threats who could not only act on film but also sing and dance. If you’re going to find that in New York, you have to go to the people working on Broadway, and I was lucky to get some of the best people in the industry.
Obviously, they had to have hot bodies too. What was your audition process like?
We did ask the actors to take their shirts off for the dance call, which made it more fun to watch.
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