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The Mistakes Madeline Made

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jake Lipman
April 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Producing Artistic Director and actor (I play Beth, an annoying office manager).

What is your show about?
When recent grad Edna takes a job assisting a wealthy family, she is visited by visions of her late brother and micromanaged by an insipid boss, forcing her to rebel by getting really dirty. For more about Tongue in Cheek Theater, visit www.tictheater.com

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
If a play makes me laugh and it makes me think, I'm hooked.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
New York City has amazing audiences: smart, ready to laugh, and all walks of life. By day I work with a lot of accountants and there's nothing better than when they tell me what they liked about a show they saw, without any artifice or pretension. New Yorkers get it.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
'The Mistakes Madeline Made' features a mix of familiar and new collaborators. In terms of actors, we hold an open call for submissions and auditions. And we bring back our favorite people: Shelley Little and A.J. Heekin both got rave reviews for our fall 2012 production of 'Our Town', and they play conspiratorial colleagues in 'Madeline.' Actors Joe Mullen and Jeremy Patrick Hamilton are new to TIC and light up the stage with their talent. 'Madeline' is our fifth collaboration with director Brock H. Hill and our eleventh production with assistant director Allison Lemel. When I find people who are dedicated and talented and make me laugh, all I want to do is work with them again and again.

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny! If 'The Mistakes Madeline Made' broke into your house and left you an enormous purple and pink basket of chocolate-covered Peeps and a stuffed animal lemur, you would be amazed at how much you loved it, but also slightly perturbed. That's the brilliance of Elizabeth Meriwether's writing (she created the FOX show 'The New Girl') and the beauty of our cast and crew's work on this show. It's sweet, funny and weird.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
We'd pump up the volume on everything we do: buy a facility that could house our future productions and showcase other companies, and we'd commission new works and put our spin on existing thought-provoking comedies.