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Candy Tastes Nice

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Miranda Huba
January 22, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Performer.

What is your show about?
Candy Tastes Nice is the story of a woman determined to auction off her virginity in order to pay off her student loans.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was twelve years old my family went on a trip to London. My parents took my sister and I to an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Regent's Park. It was a beautiful summer night and people had brought these huge picnics to have before the show. Of course, I loved the faeries. They were all wearing these kind of punk rock hairstyles and running around the stage like maniacs. I was entranced. Near the end of the show I remember it started raining ever so lightly, just a little mist. It was a perfect night. I wanted to be part of everything that was that night, including the picnics! A couple of days later I found a little book of Shakespeare monologues, my dad bought it for me and I memorized one of the fairy's speeches. I still keep that book of monologues on my bedside table.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
My last show that ran in New York City was a play called Bloody Lullabies for Brave Women, which was commissioned by Magic Futurebox as a theatrical response to political movements to restrict access to legal, safe abortion. All proceeds from that run were donated to The New York Abortion Access Fund. Additional New York productions of my work include Hospital City (Incubator Arts Project) and Dirty Little Machine (Horse Trade Theatre). Candy Tastes Nice received its German language premiere at the Kleines Theater in Salzburg, Austria this past fall. My play Grounded: A Play in Six Airports will also receive a German language premiere at Theater Tiefrot in Cologne, Germany in February 2013. Before moving to New York City I worked extensively with TigerMilk Collective in Vancouver, Canada.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
This show is about a woman who auctions off her virginity in order to pay off her student loans. I wanted to write this show because I saw a few news stories about women who were doing this very thing. I was frustrated with the way it was sensationalized and how the women doing the auctioning were being condescended to. I wanted to write a play that explored historical and cultural obsessions with virginity as well as the skewed view of women's sexuality as portrayed in mainstream media.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Meryl Streep for sure! Meryl if you are out there I would love for you to be my guest at Candy Tastes Nice!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely, acts of theatre bring about change and discussion every day. It could be on a large activist scale like the members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot in Russia. Their performance in a church and subsequent arrest brought worldwide attention to their cause. Or- it could be on much smaller scale, it could be a community coming together to put on a performance just for fun. Theatre creates community and when you have community you have the potential for open dialogues that create change.