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Mr. Irresistible

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Cindy Goldfield
March 11, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
Mr. Irresistible is a science-fiction musical comedy thriller, based on Aesop's fable, the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, which follows a woman who orders a life-like robotic companion, hoping to make her fantasies come true.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Although I tend to do a lot of musicals, I also like to work on straight plays and serious stuff on occasion. I adore Shaw and Pinter and Moliere, and classic American writers like Inge and Miller, and also enjoy throwing a broad comedy in the mix as well...nothing wrong with a little Ken Ludwig, every now and then. But I must say that working on new work is especially gratifying as an actor. I am a company member of Playground, a SF Bay Area theatre company dedicated to cultivating and developing early-career local voices. For the last 15 years, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with amazing playwrights on both short and full-length new works...having the opportunity to give feedback, and to have playwrights write with me in mind. Working on Mr. Irresistible is the epitome of that kind of experience. Although I did not meet D'Arcy through Playground, working with him on new work has that sort of collaborative energy. He encourages me to give a lot of input on story line, character development, design etc. I feel honored to be his muse and part of his process.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I have had the good fortune to be making a living in the theatre for the past 20+ years. I have worked extensively in theatre, film, commercial, voice-over, cabaret and corporate performance. Top favorite roles regionally would include Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mabel in Mack & Mabel, Nancy in Oliver!, and Jacquelyn in D'Arcy Drollinger's Scalpel! I also have the pleasure to enjoy the cabaret collaboration of Goldfield & Koldewyn, with the inimitable Scrumbly Koldewyn, of Cockettes fame.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I originally met D'Arcy Drollinger many years ago, when my cabaret partner, Scrumbly Koldewyn took me to see D'Arcy's early shows, Suburbia 3000 and the Possession of Mrs. Jones, and to see his band, Enrique. D'Arcy moved to NY soon after that and lived here for 13 years. Although we met briefly in the mid-90's, we never had the chance to work together until D'Arcy was back in the Bay Area to produce a workshop production of Scalpel!, his rock musical about plastic surgery and mind control. We had an absolute blast working on that show. D'Arcy directed the show as well as writing both the book and music, and on opening weekend, the leading man broke his leg on-stage and D'Arcy was forced to step in. It was crazy and stressful, but we had a great time and really cemented our friendship. I met Chris Winslow through my work with Playground. He was a guest composer for the short-play musical month and then he cast me in his musical, OMFG!, the Internet Dating Musical, which was part of his artists residence at ODC. We had a wonderful time working on that piece and I was really impressed with his music. I introduced he and D'Arcy that summer (2011) and they decided to find a project to collaborate on. When LaMaMa offered D'Arcy a slot in this years' season, the timing and combination seemed right for them to collaborate on Mr. Irresistible. I also have had the pleasure to work with our fight director, Ben Kahre, while he was doing his MFA at the American Conservatory Theatre. Knowing his expertise in combat and stunt work, it seemed natural to suggest him as our fight director for this show when he relocated to NY.

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
What? Are you saying that the Easter Bunny is MYTHICAL? Well then, I guess I would have to say Cupid. I think that he would be pretty amused by a woman torn between a real, albeit ordinary, man, and a perfect but "engineered" man. Now, I'll probably be imaging Cupid hanging over my shoulder pointing me towards the men, and giggling at me as I stumble through the love battlefield.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If I had ten million dollars to spend on theatrical endeavors, I would invest in D'Arcy Drollinger's mad, brilliant mind. He is a creative force to be reckoned with and only needs to have some backing to allow that creativity to be unleashed on the wider world. At the very least, it would allow him to produce a full production of Scalpel! with the Bunraku puppetry fully realized, a production of Mr. Irresistible with the addition of a video element, and create an environment where his collaborative genius can thrive. If anyone out there is looking for a worthy recipient of their philanthropy, you can't find a better bet! And I will bake you homemade treats for life!!