TM: Do you believe in Fairies?
David: Oh yes! I believe in fairies and angels and all those things!
TM:What was your favorite childhood game?
David: I just loved Cowboys and Indians. We used to play Soldiers too. But I loved Cowboys and Indians.
TM: Were you a Cowboy or Indian?
David: Cowboy. The good guy of course.
TM: Where were you on the night of December 31, 1999?
David: I was in Times Square! I gate-crashed. (laughter) My family - two children, 18 and 16 - decided not to go home right after Christmas...they wanted to be with Dad. But they didn't want to stay in Dad's boring apartment. So I did something completely out of character for me...being a very conservative man. I logged on to the Internet and found that there was a fairly upscale loft party on 44th [Street] in Times Square. So I rang them up and decided to buy in. We were forbidden to go anywhere near Times Square by the police...so we gate-crashed. We just crashed through! And we got there just as the ball was going down. And none any of us will ever forget what we did on that night. It may sound crazy to have been in the middle of Times Square, but none of us will ever forget it.
TM: What is your favorite line from a play?
David: Can we come back to that?
TM: Sure. Who's your favorite composer?
David: Telemann. Of course, I love Mozart too. I adore Vivaldi. I can use his music for anything. I can use it to fill a very nice evening as background. Or I can sit and listen to it and it raises my spirits. Or I can let it just affect me and go with it and use it as a meditation.
TM: If Salieri were running for public office, what would his platform be?
David: His campaign would be "charitable deeds." He would be the benevolent and try to get all the poor off the streets. In the play, he's always trying to say to God, 'I'm a good man'.
TM: But is he a good man?
David: Yes. He is a good man. Primarily he's a musician - that's his soul. And he happens to find himself in this terrible situation for him, and it starts to eat at him at the end of Act I...jealously, anger, greed, and the ball starts to roll and he can't stop it. If he was a true villain, he could. But he's not. He's an artist. He's just driven.