Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jennifer Harder
January 22, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Director, Producer, Co-Writer.
What is your show about?
A steampunk collaboration of prohibitionistic proportions, Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen sneak you into their world of slapstick, stand-up, and vaudeville.
What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen do many things when not working on their Frigid play. Charley Layton is a faculty member of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and also teaches music to kids through Music Moves Me. Glen Heroy is a Santa Claus/Elton John/Ozzy Osborne impersonator. Jennifer Harder plays with the Hungry March Band and enjoys causing mischief in the Speakeasy Dollhouse every month.
Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
We do theater because we enjoy playing with the audience and the space. And the props. And each other. We enjoy the immediate laughs and screams and squirms.
Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
We're a bunch of grifters who lie, cheat, and steal (to/from each other and the unsuspecting public) so every revelation of who's done what nasty thing to whom and lied about it is fun.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
We are most definitely not smooth, but the rest we've got in spades. So...SEXSMARSING would be just about the right term.
Why are theater festivals so very important?
Theater fests are important because prices are low and diversity is high and they are special events, all of which culminate in more people seeing more art.