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Sort of Like Julie ... Only Worse ... q&a preview by Julie Hays
June 18, 2013

What is your job on this show?

What is your show about?
An ensemble comedy about Julie, a perpetually sunny, middle aged, white lady with one dream -- to perform at the famed Apollo Theater.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
At sixteen, as a dancer in the New York City Ballet, I was always making the other ballerinas laugh backstage (and at times, on stage too!) When me and my teenage dancer friends would come out of the State Theater there would always be a bevy of older gentlemen who wanted to play out their ballerina fantasies. Their come-on line to me was, “You should be a writer or an actress.” and who knew, they got it right!

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that has a bike, a bear, and a Bollywood dance!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I’ve worked hard to develop a collection of like-minded artists who get my voice. Just like a photographer who has a certain look, there is a certain type of actor who gets my material and can bring it to life. So when I find them, I grab them and stuff them in my cookie jar.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Puck would love my show because he’s irreverent, funny, and creates chaos in the lives of everyone all around him. Which is just like the lead character in Sort of like Julie… Only Worse, who has the best intentions but always ends up making a mess of things.