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Pocahontas, and/or America

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Laura von Holt
February 22, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer, Performer.

What is your show about?
Part historical pageant, part roadside attraction, Little Lord corrupts over 400 years of fact and fiction to grant America the founding myth we all deserve.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not working on a play, I train in aerial silks, and blog about my training for SocialWorkout.com. Otherwise you can find me charming bartenders, wearing a lot of jewelry and flirting at parties.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...has all of the following: golden-age musicals, living history, modern dance, museums, tour guides, slapstick humor, high-brow humor, Carol Channing, aggressive ducks, towering headdresses, snacks, electric menorahs, big rocks, handstands, British accents, Madonna, Beyonce, Peter Pan, The Odyssey, patriotism and sincerity.

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?
I have been forbidden from speaking about my favorite moments in this show, but I will say this: There is a dance, and a VHS tape, and a song, and some rolling around, and some lettuce. The moment is everything that is both so wrong and so right with America, history, pop culture and theater. It makes me proud, like "This right here, people, is the world we live in, all at once, set to music. You're welcome, people of America, you're welcome."

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising. And Sincere.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
First, I would make the Public Theater rename Shakespeare in the Park as "The Laura von Holt FREE Shakespeare in the Park" and everyone would get a glass of champagne with their ticket. Then I'd get a really sick space with HUGE dressing rooms for my own work, pay my artists a lot of money and buy them each a house.