5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Thea Lux
July 26, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Actor - "Vern Schultz".
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
Always involved in music and theater growing up, I used to force my family to pay to see my living-room productions of “Cinderella” which I starred in and directed. This led to other hit backyard parodies like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Nerdles." My aunt says I was obnoxious as a kid. I say I was creative and have no other marketable skills.
Have you been part of FringeNYC in the past? If so, how did you particpate? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
This is my third appearance at FringeNYC. I’ve been wooed by a bike messenger and necrophiliac in the shows “58! – A Comedy About Bike Messengessengering” and “Love Is Dead: A Necromantic Musical Comedy,” respectively. Now I’m wooed by quiche.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
The show sticks with you. It’s got heart. There’s not only a genuine chemistry and camaraderie on stage, but the audience is there through the journey with us. We are all sisters. Also, without knowing too much about science or being funded by any official quiche company, there is a good chance you will think of this production if you ever eat quiche in the future.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
It really is a combination of most of these words, so I'll say it's "Smexarting."
Can theatre bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I don't know anymore. Do I sound too cynical if I say "No"? People are very adamant about living inside technology and only speaking in 140 characters and meme-based references to one another. There are hot pockets of people who support live theater, but they’re not the majority. And I’d rather cut off my thumbs than go to a show with a designated live-tweeting section. (Ahem, follow me on Twitter @thealux.) But society will always influence theater and if there’s injustice, those stories will be represented on the stage. As change happens, theater will reflect those struggles. That being said, there are a lot plays easily lifted from the silver screen. Seats need to be filled and money is super awesome, I hear. It’s a lot easier to sell tickets if it stars a famous cartoon character with a built-in following rather than a stellar ensemble from Chicago tackling issues of sexual identity, fear, and sisterhood premiering Friday, Aug 10, 2012 5:00 PM at the Living Theatre… But they both have their merits.