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Dog Opera

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Darlene Rae Heller
October 15, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Co-Producer and Actor.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
My older brother was auditioning for community theatre in South Jersey and he said I could come help him with his audition. We were in the room full of kids getting ready to audition, and he put on some prop hat and said I was to be his servant and gave me a basket of his "things" to carry, saying that he was going to boss me around for his audition. We started to improv. When our time came, the Theatre Directors and room full of kids and parents were watching. He started, and ordered me to do something. I screamed, "No!" threw down the basket and said something along the lines of he "can't tell me what to do!" and should "take care of himself because I'm no servant!" The audience roared with laugher, I was only about 5 years old. I was cast as a star-bellied Sneech in The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss and my fate as an Actress was forever sealed.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
...is a dream come true. My Co-Producer and Co-Star Jason B. Schmidt and I have been waiting to produce this play since we first performed the opening scene together in college. We were too young then to play the 30-something best friends that we are now, but we've been working together as the nightlife musical comedy duo The Parodivas for the past 10 years to keep the comedic magic happening. This year gotten support from all over the country to make this production happe and realized, it's time. Come literally watch our dreams come true! Visit dogopera.tumblr.com for more info! www.smarttix.com for TICKETS!

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I don't want to give anything away, but the last few scenes of this show are jaw-droppers. I want to talk about it so badly but I don't want to ruin the experience. Constance Congdon is an amazing Playwright, and I haven't stopped talking about this play since I first picked it up. I know our audiences are going to walk away happy.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
Meryl Streep. Ooh, you didn't know she was from NJ did ya? I am too, by the way. That makes us practically related, right?....Right?!?