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Pop! An anti-jukebox musical

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Helene Ellford
July 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer/Actor.

What is your show about?
This show is a jukebox musical parody, but really a one woman show written by Helene.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Dark Comedy. I really love anything satirical, absurd, and self-aware whether it be a musical, straight play, sketch, web series or infomercial. Just kidding. I don't do infomercials (for less than $30,000). I like material that fulfills it's obligation to entertain, while giving audiences enough substance to come away with feeling inspired on some level. (visit www.heleneellford.com to hire Helene for an infomercial)

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
might make you gay.

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
None of my shows are ever appropriate for little kids, and we really need to get the word out on that one. Other cautions include: strobe lights, lasers, smoke, a "Flashdance" water effect in Act II, and BUCKETS of glitter. Audiences find the last one to be the most heinous, I suggest covering your body in some type of KY jelly to allow the glitter to easily rinse off or a seersucker. Also (spoiler alert!) I kill someone.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Siete, Ocho, Nueve, Diez. Loving these questions btw, who is Chico?? Honestly, while Gummo was the true talent, for fear that Oprah is all around us I have to say Harpo.

Why are theater festivals so very important?
They aren't but we sure meet a lot of talented folks and have ourselves a time! I do think independent work has an uninhibited quality that I need desperately from the theatre, and I find it more and more refreshing as the years go by [Helene is age 22]. Without that honest voice we are stuck watching jukebox musicals and playwright rants. I so get the money issue, and I wouldn't enjoy throwing away millions of dollars any more than the next gal, but Thank God for that brilliant indie stuff.