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Becoming Liv Ullmann

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Crystal Finn
July 19, 2012

What is your job on this show?
writer, performer.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Northern California. My parents were potters. I went to college in California and then came East for the first time when I went to graduate school in acting, which was like coming to another planet.

Why did you want to be part of FringeNYC?
It's like the equivalent of someone quitting their job and starting their own business. We don't have jobs in the theater of course, so it's all a pretend little fantasy. But for the month of August I hope to pretend that the Fringe is a little start up company I am investing in with seed money from last years babysitting and I can say with real gusto that I'm working for myself!

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
My show is a (mostly) one woman play about desperation and delusion and love! It's also a throw back to some of those 1970's skits on SCTV where they did a lot of parodies of Bergman films. You don't have to be a Bergman fan or even have ever seen a single of his movies to like the show. Though the last time I did the play--which was just for a bunch of my friends, a random couple showed up who had seen the title somewhere and were just huge Liv Ullmann fans. They had even named their daughter after her. The guy even looked like Bergman--it was like he was channeling him. If you are out there guy--I hope you come back!

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo! Before each show I say a little prayer to Harpo and ask him to watch over me and protect me and take care of me. He's like my grandmother.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would produce new plays. I would start a theater devoted to producing new plays. Or I would just give it to the people who are already doing a good job of producing new plays--theaters like Clubbed Thumb, Partial Comfort, and let them produce more new plays. Then of course you would have to find a way to get people to come see all the new plays--so some of the money might have to go towards bribes-but that would be okay.