Bleached Blonde Betty
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Dan Patrick Brady
March 11, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Director and Producer.
What is your show about?
BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY is a contemporary homage to the great noir films of old; Betty is a writer who gets caught up in a scheme to steal artwork, prodded by her stripper roommate and seduced by a young thief who may or may not have fallen in love with her.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I adore working on comedy. There is such an immediate collaboration between the audience and the actor. Laughter is the most universal emotional language we share as human beings. It can be a release, a celebration, or a savior depending upon the moment.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
The impact of something live shared between people has always had the greatest effect on me. I have done fim and television. They can be rewarding in their own right, but nothing beats holding the audience in the palm of your hand, or realizing that an entire group of people are with you and living through you. That's what great theatre does: it shows the audience that it is safe to feel these emotions.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
This play is about what would one do for love. The audience is going to leave the theatre wondering who loves whom and why. They are going to wonder what limits they might put on their own capitulation to "the love of their life", and they are going to realize whether there are limitations or not. Their partner might be surprized by the answers.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Groucho would love this show for its irreverent and surprising humor. Harpo would love this show for its huge heart. Chico would look up the big words used. Zeppo would just sit back and enjoy.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
The most powerful theatre is that which makes us think, makes us examine the true human condition. At one time theatre was the medium that broke boundaries and movies played it safe. STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is a perfect example. Written in the golden age of American drama, on stage Stella stays with Stanley despite the rape of Blanche. In the 1950's film, she leaves him. Today it would be the opposite, primarily because of money, for no one wants to risk upsetting the paying audience these days. But movies would never have gotten to this point, American society would never have gotten to this point, if theatre had not challenged us to examine ourselves years ago. Now theatre needs to resume that lead or it will lose its value.