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Girls on Film

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Brad Lawrence
April 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Solo writer/performer.

What is your show about?
Its the same old true story: Boy meets porn, boy loses porn, boy meets religion (but you know how rebound relationships are), then boy catches porn with sleazy older guy and some spiteful actions take place, somebody dies, things look dire, then porn swoops in, saves boy, boy turns sixteen.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
My regular gigs are in Storytelling shows and Burlesque shows and I couldn't ask for more. Both seem to have endless possibilities and permutations, I am constantly surrounded by smart, funny, supportive people - many of whom have become close friends - and I am consistently amazed at how the imagination and ambition of these scenes routinely outstrips any limitations placed on them.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
In the storytelling world I have gotten around quite a bit. I have hosted for The Moth, and am a co-producer of And I Am Not Lying, a member of the BTK band and have appeared on How I Learned, The Liars Show, Risk, and a host of others. On the burlesque side, my main job is as a featured player with Hotsy Totsy Burlesque, but I have also been seen at Sharkbite Sideshow, Epic Win, Kitty Nights, and the late great Original Cyn. In the past couple of years these shows have taken me around the country and to the UK and I have been having a lot of fun.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I think this one might be a "Wee Hours" kinda show. Not just because of my own stories, which I hope people will find compelling and funny and tragic and all the rest, but also because the show is framed around my adolescent attempts to figure out sex. And find porn. And then figure out porn. Though my adventures are very specific and in some cases bizarrely extreme, I think a lot of people will find the emotions and anxieties I went through familiar and will have their own stories about that time in their lives. If there are people on dates at this show, they are going to find out a few things about one another before the night is out.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Probably Daffy. There are a lot of best laid plans that end up in a backwards facing bill.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
My wife, Storyteller and Burlesque performer Cyndi Freeman, and I talk about this all the time (as does every constantly hustling artist) and the answer is always "more of what we already do." I love what I do and the communities I work with and that ten million would just go right back into doing more with those communities. I have no complaint with the path I am on except that it is under funded. Ten million might just take care of my only complaint.