nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ellen Warkentine
July 24, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Transcendent. Epic. Absurd. Magical. Musical. Cheeky. Zeitgeisty and Juxtaposy. Insane. Humane. Whimsical. Challenging.
If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
People and places and conversations and street corners. ...I am also looking forward to reenacting the Central Park skating scene from "Muppets Take Manhattan."
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
LOLPERA performs internet junk culture through operatic tropes to tell an absurd, self-reflexive story about teh internets. It's about the not-too-distant future when nobody is capable of thinking beyond cat picture captions, making way for Basement Cat to infiltrate their empty minds! Things the audience will take away with them, according to a Hollywood Fringe audience review: "Singing, dancing, live music, saw music, reading, boobs, harmonies, glitter, itteh bitteh puppets, monocle, cheeseburgers, telephone wires, REVOLUTION. I swear at some point I swore myself into a cult?" It just may be the most brilliant and idiotic internet opera of all time.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The Book of Mormon.
Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
The beach is too sandy, the mountains are too cold, and the movies are too dangerous. You could sit in front of your computer and look at cat pictures, but it would be better to see them as an opera. ...An opera which, in fact, challenges the future of a society which no longer engages in the communal, inspiring, soul-stirring, democratic act of THEATRE-GOING ...because cat pictures are culture. We can't let that happen. Come to FringeNYC! Long live the feel and thinkspace of live theatre!