Q&A INTERVIEWS WITH THE ARTISTS
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. "
TWELFTH NIGHT (MILE SQUARE THEATRE)
Matthew Lawler, actor: "I was born in Cleveland, raised in and outside of Boston. I attended College of the Holy Cross, and got my MFA from American Conservatory Theater."
SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT
Lisa Milinazzo, Director, Playwright: "I am excited by material which teeters on the edge of comedy and tragedy. I like depicting extreme worlds. My vision is to create a cauldron of peculiar, lively and desperate personalities and circumstances that I want to bring to vibrant life. I often like characters that are dark and able to set in motion horrific consequences, but who also possess theatrical and comedic elements. People who are larger than life. Writers like Tracy Letts, Rebecca Lenkowitz, Alexandra Gersten, Lucy Gough, Eve Ensler seem to embody the nature and landscape that I love to work within. I want to create theater which blends penetrating, truthful moments with gorgeous lyrical theatricality. "
Mark Stetson, co-writer, producer, actor: "When I was 3 I watched my older brothers and their best friend making SNL-type sketches with their video camera and first thought, "What's a video camera?" Then thought, "If people can have THAT much fun creating funny things, that's ALL I want to do.""
THAT POOR DREAM
Edward Bauer, Actor, co-creator: "I'm an avid gamer of all kinds: board games, video games, and (the crown jewel of high nerderie) tabletop roleplaying. The last of those is probably the most closely linked to my love of theater, as really it's just a form of cooperative improvisatory storytelling. That's definitely what keeps me coming back to the game as an adult, and I honestly think it's a great contributor to the limber sort of imagination that's required in devised theater. Plus, you know, the dragons, wizards, owlbears, &c. "
EJ Sepp, playwright, director: "I think actually murdering people on stage is probably crossing the line. I'm also not big on scat."
SAMARITANS, OR WHERE IS SYLVIA?
Wayne Paul Mattingly, Playwright/co-producer: "I mostly prefer to work in the "magic realism" genre. However, I strive to explore the individual, even secretive, mind as one attempts to function within the bounds of society, family & identity."
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)
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)
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)
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)
WHITE NOISE: Tom Block (begins Jun 27, 2013)
YESTERDAY IRAN / TODAY IRAQ: L. S. Goldberg (begins Jul 24, 2013)