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Burlesque-A-Pades

nytheatre.com q&a preview by James Tigger! Ferguson
September 14, 2012

What is your job on this show?
stripperformance artist.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I've done theatre all my life. I don't know who I'd be without performance. I never understood what people do with their nights or with their lives who don't have a passionate artistic pursuit. Come see those of us who do, I guess?

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I do theatre (in the broadest sense of the word) most often because of the rush of live performance. The heart-stopping thrill when something goes horribly wrong & you just keep performing & make it right -- or make it so wrong it's right. Because every fuck-up is an opportunity. But I especially choose theatre because I adore an audience. They make us who we are. I want to be there with them, hearing them, seeing them, and feeling them (sometimes literally).

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
Warning! If you dislike sex & humor & a good time, then Burlesque-A-Pades is not for you! I suppose it's appropriate for any kids who know all the intimate mechanics of how they were made -- and know how funny those sex-mechanics are.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Bugs Bunny is one the patron saints of Burlesque, where we are all cartoons making fun of everything & getting away with murder.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is essential. Most of us who pioneered this burlesque renaissance came from theatre or dance because we wanted to shake things up and break out of the conventions of our training. We wanted to perform for real people. We wanted to play with everything we enjoyed when our plays were over: drag, circus, porn. We craved that diversity. I started doing "guerilla mini-theatre with nudity" in the back of bars in the mid 90s. I found later that what I was doing was burlesque.