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Tuesday
May122015

Call Redialed: The Vaudevillians, Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Bringing Up Baby

The Vaudevillians: Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon"Call Me Adam" catches up with The Vaudevillians, Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales to talk about their brand-new show Bringing Up Baby, which will be premiering at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside West Bank Cafe) from May 21-31! Click here for tickets!

"Dr. Dan" and "Kitty Witless" were put on ice in the Twenties, and had their entire music catalogue purloined by today's pop artists. Now the hottest act ever frozen alive is back again, with more swinging hits from their stolen songbook! There's only one problem: "Kitty's" "in a family way" and no one's quite sure where the kid came from. Can The Vaudevillians still put on a show while bringing up baby?

For more on The Vaudevillians be sure to follow them on Facebook and on Twitter at @TheMajorScales and @JinkxMonsoon

The Vaudevillians: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, Photo Credit: Magnus Hastings1. You are returning to the Laurie Beechman Theatre from  May 21-31 with your brand new show Bringing Up Baby. What excites about performing this new show?

Jinkx Monsoon: What excites me is the fact that it's brand new. The original Vaudevillians show developed out of many years of improvisation with those characters. The fact that this show isn't as polished and rehearsed, means there's a lot more room for improv and moments of reality on stage. Which is also terrifying. But it's that terror that excites me too.

Major Scales: The most exciting part is that They’re letting us back after the mess we made of their stage last time! Seriously, I think we still have some pantyhose and suspenders in the wings...

2. What made now the right time to debut Bringing Up Baby?

Jinkx Monsoon: I want to say something inspirational like, we've taken The Vaudevillians so far, and there's still so far to take it, but lets explore other avenues! (which is true.) But moreover, it was just damn time to do something new. It's unnatural to do a show as many times as we did The Vaudevillians, but we loved every minute of it. But there's nothing wrong with putting something to rest for a while and flexing some muscles you haven't flexed in a while.

Major Scales: It’s amazing to think that it’s been over a year since we did our first version in New York. I think it’s time to show people what all "Dr. Dan" and "Kitty" have been messing up around the world since then.

The Vaudevillians: Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon, Photo Credit: Santiago Felipe3. What made you want to return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre? What do you like about performing there?

Jinkx Monsoon: The best thing about the Beechman is the staff and support crew. There are so many passionate individuals who make that place what it is; a very warm, receptive, supportive space to present work. Everyone there is committed to making the show a spectacular experience for the audience.

Major Scales: And don’t get me started on their fried calamari!

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Bringing Up Baby?

Jinkx Monsoon: I hope they go away smiling, and have things to laugh and joke about all night. I hope they see how much of ourselves we are putting into these characters with this show. Hopefully they'll enjoy this utterly ridiculous conceit and see the beauty in stupidity.

Major Scales: I hope they come away with the same deeply resonant message we left them with last time: that we slipped past the Beechman’s security and  should be citizen-arrested off the stage.

The Vaudevillians: Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon, Photo Credit: Magnus Hastings5. In Bringing Up Baby, Jinkx, you are "in a family way." Jinkx, how has being pregnant changed you? Major Scales, how has Jinkx's pregnancy affected you?

Jinkx Monsoon: Pregnancy is one of those things you can't understand until you've done it. It has connected me with myself in a way I never dreamed of, and certainly never asked for.

Major Scales: I mean, if you thought "Kitty" had mood swings before...

6. You are going to be singing some new songs with Bringing Up Baby. How did you decide which hits you wanted to turn out for this show? Did pregnancy play a factor in this decision?

Jinkx Monsoon: Yes and No. First and foremost we choose songs that are important to us, because they're important to you (for whatever reason, we can't tell). Pregnancy only played a factor in the fact that I will be wildly pregnant...how can we use this?

Major Scales: Do we like an easy "baby" pun in our songs? Yes. Does that mean we didn’t leave room for some Taylor Swift and a rap song? Of COURSE not!

The Vaudevillians: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, Photo Credit: Santiago Felipe7. As working soon-to-be-parents, what advice do you have for other soon-to-be-parents who still work?

Jinkx Monsoon: Don't be afraid to entirely forget you have a kid while planning out your business ventures.

Major Scales: It’s never too early to get a cane in their hand and have them hoofing on the stage, child labor laws be damned!

8. Since it's not known where the baby came from, has this mystery put any tension on your relationship? If so, how have you worked through this tension?

Jinkx Monsoon: Therapy. Shock Therapy.

Major Scales: "Dr. Dan" thrives on tension. It’s probably why he sticks around with "Kitty" in the first place.

The Vaudevillians: Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon, Photo Credit: Santiago Felipe9. What excites you most about having a baby? What are most nervous for?

Jinkx Monsoon: What excites me the most is the idea of having something small around that needs me. I had a puppy once, and it was the same maternal instincts I had back then. I loved that thing...I just can't remember where I left him…

Major Scales: I know I, personally, am not ready for kids because I’d just want to raise a small version of myself. Better to get a Shiba Inu; at least they’re quiet.

10. How have fans reacted to the fact you are pregnant?

Jinkx Monsoon: Most are jealous that they're not the father.

Major Scales: Most are nervous that they ARE the father.

Jinkx MonsoonMore on Jinkx Monsoon:

Jinkx Monsoon is the alter ego of Jerick Hoffer, who graduated with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College in Seattle. With ten years experience on stage, Jerick is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native northwest region. As early as 2006, Jerick appeared as the lead dancer in the world's largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theaters, playing "Moritz" in Spring Awakening (produced by Balagan Theatre), "Angel" in Rent (produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre), and "Hedwig" in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). In 2014 he was nominated for the Helpmann Award (alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett, Ivo Van Hove, Denis O'Hare and Baz Luhrmann), the Australian equivalent of a Tony, for his performance in The Vaudevillians.

Major ScalesMore on Major Scales:

Major Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen, a musician, writer and performer based in Seattle. He has written everything from award-winning New York shows on the east coast to music for amateur adult films on the west.

Sunday
May102015

Call Answered: Facetime Interview with Kevin Zak and John Treacy Egan: Clinton The Musical

John Treacy Egan as "Newt Gingrich" and Kevin Zak as "Kenneth Starr" in "Clinton The Musical"From the oval office, "Call Me Adam" went to the set of Clinton The Musical at New World Stages in NYC to chat with Kevin Zak ("Kenneth Starr") and John Treacy Egan ("Newt Gingrich") about starring in this sensational and satirical Off-Broadway musical about Bill Clinton's presidency in the White House! Click here for tickets! 

For more on Clinton The Musical visit http://clintonthemusical.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

"Call Me Adam's" interview with Kevin Zak and John Treacy Egan about Clinton The Musical:

 

John Treacy EganMore on John:

Broadway: Casa Valentina, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The ProducersSister Act, The Little Mermaid, Jekyll & Hyde, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: Disaster, When Pigs Fly!, and Batboy. TV/film: The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Last Night, and The Producers.  CDs: Count the Stars and On Christmas Morning.

Kevin ZakMore on Kevin: 

Kevin hails from Buffalo, NY, and is happy to return to his third Clinton The Musical incarnation. Kevin was last seen being villainous Off-Broadway as "Buffalo Bill" in Silence! The Musical. Recent credits: Clinton (NYMF), My Life is a Musical, The Disney FantasyCats.

Thursday
Apr232015

Call Redialed: Jay William Thomas: Easy Laughter

Jay William Thomas"Call Me Adam" catches up with actor Jay William Thomas. This time around we talk about Robert Shearman's Easy Laughter which is presented by Dirt [contained] Theatre Company from April 30-May 10 at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory in NYC (104 West 14th Street). Click here for tickets!

For more on Jay be sure to visit http://www.jwilliamthomas.com and follow him on Facebook!

1. What made you want to be part of Easy Laughter? I was drawn to the dark humor and subtle absurdity of what was written on the page. As we have fleshed out these characters in rehearsal the humor shines through with a bitter knife ready on the other side to cut that laughter short.

2. What do you identify most with about your character? My character is very intellectual and calculated. I identify with his measured approach to all situations.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Easy Laughter? I hope audiences come out of the play with questions about the world they just witnessed. The extremes of this play are extreme, but everything is rooted in the real fear of the State. It makes for interesting conversation.

4. What has been the best part about rehearsing and getting ready for the run of this play? Everyone in the cast is hilarious. They bring such incredible energy and subtlety to their characters. It’s a pleasure to listen and laugh at every rehearsal.

5. What do you like about working with Dirt [contained] Theatre Company? Dirt [contained] has found a way to bridge the gap between the artistic and business models that every company strives for. They are smart and they are passionate. They don’t settle and they have awesome taste.

Cast of "Easy Laughter", Michael Broadhurst, Nick DeMatteo, Jay William Thomas, Tana Sirois, and Maria Swisher6. Easy Laughter is a dark and twisted comedy that explores an alternate reality full of not-so-natural selection, xenophobia, fundamentalism, extreme gender roles and censorship, while expertly revealing a subtler horror story surrounding the lies that families tell each other and the lengths they will go to protect themselves through laughter. Was there ever time in your life when you told a lie to protect the ones you love? Yes. I think we all want to protect our loved ones. This play really asks if we do things for love or for duty, the duty determined by the world we live in...in that world are we allowed to question our actions when those actions don’t agree with us?

7. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Why you of course, Adam, ha ha…or perhaps about the time my grandfather took me hiking in the Appalachian mountains.

8. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? It would be called "BubbleGuts" and would be a cross between Pepto-Bismol and pop rocks for your stomach.

9. Favorite way to spend your day off? Laying in bed with someone you love.

10. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

Jay William ThomasMore on Jay:

A Map To Somewhere Else, DeathBed Ripple Effect Artist Directed By Brent Buell; EinsteinVariations Theatre Group Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand - Off-Off Broadway: Something Wicked Everyday Inferno Theatre; Zombie Frat House Bash EndTimes Productions; I Do Wonder Synapse Theatre Ensemble; Leaving Normal Avalon Studios. Jay is a company member of Ripple Effects Artists and holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Call Redialed: NEW interview with People You Know creators John Dylan LaTorre and Baltimore Russell

"Call Me Adam" catches up with John Dylan DeLaTorre and Baltimore Russell, the creators of the new drama series People You Know, which airs at www.peopleyouknowtheseries.com and every Friday night at 8:30pm on HERE TV! 

"Call Me Adam" went live to the set of People You Know inside "Lucas'" apartment (played by John Dylan DeLaTorre) to talk with John and Baltimore about the creation of the series, their Kickstarter Campaign to make the second half of Season One, and about all the drama happening so far!

From left to right: Chris Costa, Blaine Pennington, and John Dylan DeLaTorreFrom left to right: Baltimore Russell and Lee Harrison MitchellSeason 1: Part 1 is out now. With only six episodes made, People You Know is in the midst of their Kickstarter Campaign to film the 2nd half of season one. Season One: Part Two has until May 8 to raise $75,000. Let's help John and Baltimore continue to achieve their dream and let us, the viewers, enjoy more drama filled episodes to make this season end with a bang!

What's in it for you if you donate to their Kickstarter Campaign? Everything from social media shoutouts to a 15-minute Skype chat session with the cast to video greetings from Steve Hayes and/or Pandora Boxx to being an featured actor in some big scenes to a day on the set! So, there is something for everyone! No matter how much you can give, every $1 helps. Click here to contribute!

For more on People You Know be sure to visit http://www.peopleyouknowtheseries.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube!

If you missed my very first interview with John and Baltimore, click here to read it!

Part 1: Call Me Adam Interview with John Dylan DeLaTorre and Baltimore Russell: Making of People You Know and Kickstarter Campaign:

Part 2: Call Me Adam, John Dylan DeLaTorre, and Baltimore Russell talk about the drama happening so far in Season One of People You Know:

Tuesday
Apr212015

Call Answered: Pearce Bunting: Theatre Exile's: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Plays & Players Theater in Philadelphia PA

"Call Me Adam" chats with Boardwalk Empire's Pearce Bunting about starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf through May 17 at Plays and Players Theater in Philadelphia, PA (1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19147). Click here for tickets!

1. From April 16-May 17, you will be starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. What made you want be part of this production? It all makes total sense to me. Besides being one of the greatest American plays ever written, the role of "George" is one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever read. I say "read" because I’ve never seen a production on stage. I’ve seen the movie, which is brilliant, but the play is a much, much bigger. Joe Canuso, our director, started talking about it a few years ago and I sensed it was coming - an inevitability as "George" would say - and I don’t think I was ready for it until now. Needless to say, Joe and I have been working on passion projects for years together, and this one is the mother lode of all passion projects. Virginia Woolf is taking all of us into areas of character and thought that none of us have explored before - at times it seemed impossible to me - and that’s exactly the kind of work I want to be doing.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski2. What do you identify most with about "George" and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Among other things, the regret of not following some of my dreams all the way through; of getting stuck and making excuses and trying to bury the self-loathing of it under layers of craftiness and boozed up, drugged up, justification. Then looking back, resigned and defeated, at these things that I still carry with me. I’ve been sober for 23 years but I still regret some things.

Also, the very thin line between reality and illusion. The games we play with ourselves and our partners; distracting entertainments that slowly, over time, build walls around us. And wondering if there’s a way to blow the whole thing to bits and start again.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this production? I hope they feel as if they’re really going through this night with "George" and "Martha" and "Nick" and "Honey" - that they’re there in the living room with us…and then, looking back, after they’ve been through a few months of therapy, that they find there is hope at the end of the play.

Cast of Theater Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf": Back Row: Pearce Bunting, Catharine Slusar, Front Row: Jake Blouch and Emilie Krause, Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of the most well-known plays of all time. What will you be bringing to this production that hasn't been brought before? Having not seen it performed before, I hope we bring fearlessness.

5. You are playing, "George," opposite Catharine Slusar's "Martha." You both have previously starred in Theatre Exile's Barrymore Nominated production of Annapurna. What excites you about reuniting with Catharine? What do you like best about working with her? Catharine and I have very different ways of working. I tend to pull out all my bombs from the very beginning and destroy everything in sight, whereas she slowly inhabits a role, little by little. We do meet in the middle eventually. We have. We get to the point where we start to explore inner space together. What I love most about her is her truth, her stubbornness, her fear and her overcoming of her fear, and in this process, her belching.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski6. What made you want come back to star in another production at Theatre Exile? What do you enjoy most about working with this theatre company? We have an agreement - Theatre Exile keeps asking me and I’ll keep coming back. It’s as simple as that. They don’t do easy plays. They’re not afraid. And everyone who works there has a huge heart and a wicked sense of humor. We do it for the profound joy of it - I mean, nobody’s getting rich at Theatre Exile.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? In the beginning, I just wanted attention. Then I did it because it felt like where I belonged. Then I seriously started to do it because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Then I saw Angela Lansbury and George Hearn do Sweeney Todd and I knew that I HAD to do it. At last my arm was complete!

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The threat of an explosion is more interesting than the explosion. (I’m still working on that one)

Pearce Bunting9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I’m capable of great things if I can get out of my own way. That I’m smarter than I think I am. That I’m dumber than I think I am. That I have a lot left to learn.

10. You had a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as "Bill McCoy." What was the best part about being part of this hit show? The lunch menu - are you kidding me?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to see myself the way people who love me see me.

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? "Monkey Nipples" - scotch, bitters, a small lemon rind and a drop of honey.

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Giulietta Masina, teaching me Italian, making me dinner, flirting with me.

Pearce BuntingMore on Pearce:

From television to film to theatre, Pearce Bunting has acted in every medium. His television credits include recurring roles on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, CBS' As The World Turns with guest starring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Young Americans. Pearce has lit up the big screen in The Descendent, Something's Happening to Robin Stark, and Smoke and Mirrors.

On Broadway graced the Great White Way in Mamma Mia as "Bill Austin." He also played this role on the National Tour. His regional credits include A Behanding in SPokane, As You Like It, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Grapes of Wrath, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. Pearce has performed in The International Theatre Festival at San Antonio and Plzen, Czech Republic as well as Vienna's English Theatre, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He's a graduate of Yale School of Drama and the recipient of The Oliver B. Thorndike Award in Acting.