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TinyRhino: Big Brother Edition

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Felipe Bonilla and Chloe Brown
June 19, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Guest Curator (Felipe) and Literary Manager (Chloe).

What is your show about?
TinyRhino is a Theatrical Drinking Game where each month, six playwrights create new plays with cues for the audience to drink.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
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.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Chloe: Theater is a great way to get people in a room together. A lot of UglyRhino event are set up to emphasize how that is a GOOD thing--a play can often feel like a party, and why not? We want people to leave TinyRhino having had some good plays and a good time.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Felipe: I have no doubts that the audience will talk about Tiny Rhino and every single piece they see and experience that night into the wee hours! We have six very talented and unique playwrights who have, in a way, custom tailored their plays specifically with audience participation, summer season, theatrical cues, and the Brooklyn space in mind, which, as a result, will make it that much more compelling to watch and experience.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Felipe: During one of the closing scenes of "Flight", Denzel Washington delivers one of the most riveting scenes I saw on film last year (top 5 for sure). Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but the letter would ideally have insight about his emotional, mental and physical preparation for that scene. Either that ,or just picturing his iconic devilish grin/laughter as he writes "Hello Felipe" would suffice.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Felipe: One of theater's most important objectives is to hold a mirror in front of society and prompt discussions that will make them question and hopefully mold their views and opinions or at least soften some pre conceived notions they may have had. UglyRhino's last mainstage show, "What It Means to Disappear Here" did exactly that--it gave people a broader, sharper and more specific picture to the incredibly complex social, political, and economic problematic in Colombia. That, and it also gave people the chance to drink pre-show Cartagena Coolers!