Q&A INTERVIEWS WITH THE ARTISTS
TINYRHINO: SUMMER VACATION EDITION
Felipe Bonilla and Chloe Brown, Guest Curator (Felipe) and Literary Manager (Chloe): "Chloe: UglyRhino does a lot of immersive and site-specific work, and our monthly TinyRhino series is an extension of the party/plays we do. We don't give our playwrights any guidelines other than that they have to include the month's five drinking cues for the audience to follow along with. This means we get very, very different pieces in every show, which I love. Some plays are funny, some are serious, but they are all geared towards basically getting the audience together to have a drink together. "
Victoria Rae Sook, director, artistic director, co-producer, actor: "I had been a dancer my whole life and absolutely loved performing. Throughout middle school and high school I did plays and kept a strict dance company schedule. Then, when I was a Sophomore in High School I was in a production of A Cry of Players. Playing the wife of William Shakespeare made me realize that while I love movement, I am obsessed with text. I knew then that there was nothing else in the entire world for me."
Mary McCallum, Playwright, Actor: "From the very first play I saw in Junior High School I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to be in theatre and the arts in some form or fashion. It's amazing to be a part of something that moves people emotionally like no other business. I suppressed the urge for a long time and didn't pursue it until after business school...it's been full steam ahead every since. "
UNTITLED BIOPIC PROJECT
Marc Bovino, Co-Artistic Director of The Mad Ones and a co-creator/performer for Biopic Project: "4th Grade I played Johnny Appleseed in the Arbor Day production of Johnny Appleseed. There's a monologue late in the play where Johnny explains how he survived a bullet to the chest. He is supposed to triumphantly pull a Bible from his shirt with the bullet lodged in it proving that his faith saved him. I reached into my shirt to pull out the Bible and it had fallen from my shirt all the way down my pants. I spent quite a bit of time with my hand down my pants fishing for the Bible. At that moment I knew theater was for me. "
Michael F Bruck, Playwright and director: "I was in about the 3rd or 4th grade when the Seniors at my school performed a production of "Cheaper by the Dozen". I knew then and there I wanted to be a part of the theater one day."
Tara Giordano, Actor: "I like to be a part of productions that are generous of spirit, that inspire intellectual and emotional dialogue, that tell a great story and shed light on the truth. Luckily, this play does all of that."
SORT OF LIKE JULIE ... ONLY WORSE ...
Julie Hays, Playwright/Actor: "At sixteen, as a dancer in the New York City Ballet, I was always making the other ballerinas laugh backstage (and at times, on stage too!) When me and my teenage dancer friends would come out of the State Theater there would always be a bevy of older gentlemen who wanted to play out their ballerina fantasies. Their come-on line to me was, “You should be a writer or an actress.” and who knew, they got it right!"
YESTERDAY IRAN / TODAY IRAQ
L. S. Goldberg, Producer/Writer: "I knew I wanted to work in theater when I was seven years old and had to write a play for Sunday school. I chose the story of the Maccabees and the meaning behind Hanukkah. A snow storm hit the day of the play, and none of the cast showed up. I believed the play must go on, so I presented the play to a small but enthusiastic audience, and I read all 11 parts. I fell in love with theater that night when my determination to "go on with the show" no matter what, the love for creating and acting out the parts, and the audience's appreciation for my solo efforts gave me the impetus that remains with me to this day. "
THE PAST IS STILL AHEAD
Sophia Romma, Playwright: "I love the theatre of the absurd. I've been infected by the theatre bug ever since I read Ionesco's "The Lesson". I was never one that particularly cared for solving mathematical equations, and when I read a scene from "The Lesson" where the student protagonist responds to an equation, 2+2=4 but sometimes it equals 5, I was so very pleased to learn that there existed a playwright who took an absurdist eye to his ingenious plays. I am a child of La MaMa Experimental Theatre; I distort images, create phantasmagorical stage-plays which tackle the irony and absurdity of the bitter human condition. I find humanity portrayed in a slightly irregular way, in a mystical fantasy occult way, so mesmerizing to watch, as it unfolds in the holy shrine of the theatrical stage.
James Judd, playwright, performer: "I own a vineyard and winery in California. It's a crazy disconnect to one night be telling a story in front an audience and the next day be on a remote mountain vineyard trying desperately not to step on any rattlesnakes. "
Q&A INTERVIEWS - UPCOMING SHOWS
4CHAMBERS: Jody Oberfelder (begins Jul 6, 2013)
ALCESTIS ASCENDING: Seth Panitch (begins Jul 9, 2013)
ALLIGATOR SUMMER: Dylan Lamb (begins Jun 20, 2013)
BE THE DEATH OF ME: Nina Hellman (begins Jun 28, 2013)
CRAZYTOWN: MY FIRST PSYCHOPATH: Jude TrederWolff (begins Jul 17, 2013)
EL GRINGUITO: Eric-Dominique Perez (begins Jun 21, 2013)
ENTER SINGING – THE MUSICAL: Linda Evans (LG Evans) (begins Jul 27, 2013)
ENVOY: Victoria Rae Sook (begins Jul 17, 2013)
FANCY: Michael F Bruck (begins Jul 22, 2013)
FUNNY STORIES: James Judd (begins Aug 2, 2013)
HELP YOURSELF: Lauren Hunter (begins Jul 17, 2013)
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER ON BROADWAY BY TUCKER MAX : Abe Goldfarb (begins Jul 5, 2013)
JULIUS CAESAR (SHAKESPEARE IN CARROLL PARK): Joby Earle (begins Jun 28, 2013)
LÁGRIMAS NEGRAS: TRIBULACIONES DE UNA NEGRITA ACOMPLEJÁ : Eva Cristina Vasquez (begins Jun 20, 2013)
LAMENESS OF A HORSE: Joe White (begins Jun 22, 2013)
MAKING A MARK: Jimmy Dalton (begins Jun 29, 2013)
MARGARITA AND MAX: Manuel Igrejas (begins Jul 23, 2013)
NAT KING COLE: THE VANGUARD OF AVANT GARDE: Verlon Brown (begins Jul 8, 2013)
OTHELLO: Chinaza Uche (begins Jun 20, 2013)
PYGMALION: Lauren E. Young (begins Jul 12, 2013)
REALITY.....15 MINUTES TIL THE END OF THE WORLD: Felix Hiciano (begins Jun 20, 2013)
RICHARD III: Philip Emeott (begins Jun 22, 2013)
ROGERANDTOM: Nicholas A. Cotz (begins Jul 6, 2013)
SAMARITANS, OR WHERE IS SYLVIA?: Wayne Paul Mattingly (begins Jul 15, 2013)
SERIOUS MONEY: Tara Giordano (begins Jul 3, 2013)
SINGLEVILLE: Mary McCallum (begins Jul 19, 2013)
SIX WINDOWS PRESENTS A HERO OF OUR TIME: Will Dagger (begins Jul 17, 2013)
SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT: Lisa Milinazzo (begins Jul 16, 2013)
SON OF A HUTCH: Joe Hutcheson (begins Jul 16, 2013)
SORT OF LIKE JULIE ... ONLY WORSE ...: Julie Hays (begins Jul 23, 2013)
STETSON’D: Mark Stetson (begins Jul 17, 2013)
STREET THEATER: Mark Finley (begins Jun 20, 2013)
THAT POOR DREAM: Edward Bauer (begins Jun 26, 2013)
THE ACTUAL DANCE: Samuel A Simon (begins Jul 21, 2013)
THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBUNNY: Michael MacKenzie Wills (begins Jul 19, 2013)
THE ATOMIC VIEW MOTEL: Sandy Oppedisano (begins Jun 27, 2013)
THE BALLAD OF CHARLIE AND CATE: Ed Malone. (begins Jun 24, 2013)
THE CASTLE: Brent Langdon (begins Jul 4, 2013)
THE DARE PROJECT: Wendy Bagger (begins Jun 26, 2013)
THE LINGUISTS: EJ Sepp (begins Jul 15, 2013)
THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN: Jim Pillmeier (begins Jul 12, 2013)
THE ORPHEUS VARIATIONS: Adam J. Thompson (begins Jun 27, 2013)
THE PAST IS STILL AHEAD: Sophia Romma (begins Jul 23, 2013)
THE PRIDE SHOW: Cecil Baldwin (begins Jun 28, 2013)
THE UGLY DUCKLING: Charlotte Ghigliazza (begins Jul 12, 2013)
THIS IS A PLAY ABOUT BEING GAY: Teddy Nicholas (begins Jul 16, 2013)
THIS IS WHY I WHISPER: Sibyl Renaye (begins Jun 29, 2013)
TINYRHINO: SUMMER VACATION EDITION: Felipe Bonilla and Chloe Brown (begins Jun 26, 2013)
TOO LATE: Dondrie Burnham (begins Jul 16, 2013)
TWELFTH NIGHT: Jessie Fahay (begins Jun 20, 2013)
TWELFTH NIGHT (MILE SQUARE THEATRE): Matthew Lawler (begins Jun 28, 2013)
UNCORSETED: Brooke M. Haney (begins Jun 23, 2013)
UNTITLED BIOPIC PROJECT: Marc Bovino (begins Jul 10, 2013)
WHITE NOISE: Tom Block (begins Jun 27, 2013)
YESTERDAY IRAN / TODAY IRAQ: L. S. Goldberg (begins Jul 24, 2013)