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Monday
Jul102017

Call Redialed: Lucie Pohl: "Hi, Hitler" (NEW version) at The Cherry Lane Theatre

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy TuckerLucie Pohl is one of the funniest up and coming comedian/actresses/writers I have seen. I've known her for almost three years now and have seen two of her shows, both of which, left me in stitches. 

Now Lucie is revisiting her first one-woman show, with a re-worked version of Hi, Hitler, the story of Lucie finding her identity in NYC as an immigrant. Meet a German-Jew who grows up in a wild family of artists, is fascinated by the Fuehrer from age four, and is uprooted from Germany to NYC at age eight. Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama-destiny might just be impossible.

Hi, Hitler will play at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) from July 11-30. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciepohl.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

1. This July you are bringing a re-worked version of your award winning show Hi, Hitler back to NYC. How is this version different from the 2014/2015 version of the show? The new version of Hi, Hitler has lots of new material, most of the design team is new and I am working with a new director: the absolutely amazing Kenneth Ferrone! The show is funnier, sexier and better than blueberry pie!

2. What made you want to change up the show to this new version? I have done this show over 65 times in five different countries but I always felt the show still had more to give if I would just keep digging. I always wanted to see this show on a bigger scale, with set design, proper lighting! I wrote Hi, Hitler three years ago and have learned a lot and grown as a performer so I wanted to revisit it and make a Hi, Hitler super show!

3. What excites you about debuting this updated production of Hi, Hitler? Absolutely everything! Doing a three week run of my own show at the Cherry Lane Theatre on the most beautiful street in New York City is a REAL-LIFE dream come true for me! More than anything I am excited to try out the new material, I wrote a whole new ending for the show.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker4. You play over 30 characters in this show. Who's the easiest character to perform? Who's the most challenging? The easiest character to perform is my dad Klaus! He is larger than life and just like a crazy cartoon in real life so that makes it easy...The most challenging character to play is myself...Ummm, who am I? I have no idea.....

5. With all that is going on in this world over immigration and the travel ban, thanks to that moron in the White House, how do you feel your show is even more relevant than previously? Thank you for this question! I absolutely feel my show is more relevant than ever now that we have the Morange (that's what I call him - the orange moron - morange) in the White House. Him and his administration have attacked all of us immigrants! I feel angry and vulnerable and I think it's SO important to give immigrants of all kinds and backgrounds a voice right now. We are this country!

6. In this post-election life we live, how do you feel your upbringing actually prepared you for what is going on? My upbringing was intense and full of drama, in that sense I am well prepared for the ups and downs we are experiencing right now. My family has always been very political, my mother was a political prisoner in East Germany, my grandmother had to wear the yellow star, my father's parents were refugees from East Prussia, so politics was always a topic in our house growing up. I grew up with stories of speaking up and speaking out against oppressors, which makes it easier to navigate a time like this I think. When I asked my 95 year old Romanian-Jewish grandmother what she thought of Trump she said, "What do I think? I think I have already survived three mentally ill people who tried to ruin my life - Stalin, Hitler and Ceausescu and now this Trump is number four! But let me tell you something, there is always a crack you can find to live your life and speak out!"

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker7. During his campaign and even still now, that idiot in the White House has been compared to Hitler, some even saying, he's Hitler #2. How do you think the original Hitler would react to this new Hitler-like person? If the election were between Hitler #1 and Hitler #2, who do you think would win? Hitler is a synonym for evil. And the problem with evil is not when it's in one person, the problem is when other people enable and support that evil, normalize it. I think that's what is happening right now and that is why morange is being compared to Hitler. So, I'm not sure I can answer that question. I think it's more important to think about, educate and fight all the people who are giving someone so divisive, bigoted and dangerous, power.

8. As you say in the show, while your friends were obsessed with candy, you were obsessed with Hitler. If you could have dinner with Hitler, what would you talk about? If I could have dinner with Hitler I would poison his soup, then I would spit in his soup and then I would tell him he's a piece of shit!

9. Throughout the show, you also talk about the high-drama of your family that you feel you have inherited. What is the most dramatic thing you would say ever happened to you? The most dramatic thing that ever happened to me is when I was six years old in Hamburg, Germany and did not win a meet and greet with David Hasselhoff at his concert. That was the day I learned what real pain felt like.

10. As a German-Jew, do you ever have a dilemma with what to make for dinner? As a German-Jew everything in my life is a dilemma.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy TuckerMore on Lucie:

Lucie is currently the voice of "Mercy" on Blizzard's massive hit video game Overwatch, which boasts over 30 million registered players. She has appeared in the films Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.), Not Fade Away (Paramount/David Chase), and The Odd Couple (Margarethe von Trotta/Heimatfilm). She was also featured on Homeland (Showtime) and the wildly popular UK series Red Dwarf XI (Amazon).

Friday
Mar172017

Call Redialed: Lucie Pohl: "Apohlcalypse Now!" at Under St. Marks Theater

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseLast time comedian/actress Lucie Pohl and I spoke, she was starring in her one-woman show Hi, Hitler, now these two Jews are talking about her new show Apohlcalypse Now! From tyrants to death, we know our herritage! In this new show, Apohlcalypse Now! bangs together stand up, storytelling and character comedy. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

Apohlcalypse Now! will play a very limited run, four performances only, March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at Under St. Marks Theater (94 St. Marks Place). March 20 & 27 are at 8pm. March 21 & 28 are at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciepohl.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

1. It's great to catch up with you! Last we spoke, we did an interview for your one-woman show Hi, Hitler. Now you are back in NYC with your brand new show Apohlcalypse Now! How ironic that your show a few years ago had Hitler in the title and now your show has Apohlcalypse (a funny take on apocalypse) in the title. In the few years between shows, we got a new Hitler leading our country and he's creating an apocalypse. How do you explain this irony? Yes that is creepy and ironic. I'm psychic! Or may be it's that artists have invisible, subconscious feelers which pick things up before they've emerged into daily life.

One way to look at it is also, Hi, Hitler was very much a fish out of water story which went all the way back to my Jewish-German family history of persecution and migration. The whole point of the show was embracing that not fitting in was in my DNA. In this sense, I am not surprised that those of us who are different (for many different reasons) have become a target again. The fight for acceptance against periodic assholes will never end, I think.

The Apohlcalypse theme came out of a period of extremely taxing events in my life that kept piling up relentlessly. I also had been having this feeling of imminent doom for a few years. I never anticipated that history would tie these two shows together in such a frightening way.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Elmar Lemes2. What can people expect from this new show? What people can expect from Apohlcalypse Now! is a wild roller coaster ride into a year of tragically funny disasters in my life told through storytelling, stand-up and character comedy. It's an intimate, sometimes surreal, hilarious and very honest 60 minutes. And there's a goldfish monologue.

3. Let's play with the title of your show, "Apohlcalypse Now!" for a moment. What is the biggest event to happen in your life that would be as big as an apocalypse? The biggest apocalypse ever to happen in my life is when I realized Nutella is made with palm oil and I can no longer eat it! Game over!

No, ok, I'll be serious: it was the violent shattering of my 12 year relationship. Internally that was something which completely destroyed everything I thought I was, I thought I had and I thought I knew. And then a few other things happened simultaneously which just added more fire and brimstone. But these are all spoilers! That's what the show is about!

But one more thing: In writing the show I spoke to Anbarra Khalidi who is an apocalyptic scholar at Oxford (yes that's a job title) and she told me that the nature of the apocalyptic framework is both horror and clarity - exposing uncomfortable truths, mirroring the notion that we are our truest selves in moments of suffering, trial and judgement. This idea sort of fell into my lap and became what I was most interested in.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker4. In this show we can expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break-up, dead rats, and wake-up calls from Stephen Baldwin. So for the next few questions we are going to break these down. If you could create a sentence using your five favorite bad words, how would that sentence look? Trump is a motherfucking thundercunting asswiping fuck-shit fascist.

5. What is the worst decision you've ever made? What did you learn from this bad decision? The worst decision I ever made was deciding to act on every impulse I had regardless of the consequence. I've made many bad decisions. What I've learned (the hard way) is that decisions matter and they are decisions, not accidents. You control that, it doesn't control you. It's not always about doing the thing which feels best in the moment, it's about knowing what's important and what you want in the long run.

And of course looking at the ingredients list on a Nutella jar.

6. What is one of your most funny break-up stories? When I was a teenager my boyfriend at the time said he was going downstairs real quick to get a Snapple. He came back 10 days later. I tried to punch him and missed. We broke up.

Lucie Pohl7. What is a good wedding tale you can tell? I once went to a wedding in England and woke up in Wales.

8. I hate rats. I mean HATE, but I'm going to ask a question about them anyway. What is an interaction you've had with a dead rat? Big, fat spoiler but here it goes: I found a dead rat in my mailbox! Yes, this is a true story and I have the pics to prove it.

9. When did you get a wake-up call from Stephen Baldwin? I got a wake up call from Stephen Baldwin in Istanbul, Turkey when I was in a horror film with him about a cult which impregnates women with demon babies to make an army of super humans. Duh! What else?! (Another spoiler).

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Right now I'm trying to not freak out on subway platforms every day about terrible MTA service. Yesterday I waited for 45 minutes at Union Square and at one point a nice man eating plantain chips told me to "Relax." Gotta work on that. Ommmm.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseMore on Lucie:

Lucie Pohl is a German-born-NYC-raised comedian, actor, writer, solo performer and producer. Her storytelling comedy debut HI, HITLER was nominated for the 2015 New York Innovative Theater Award (Outstanding Solo Performance), received 5 and 4 star reviews and played to sold out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on London’s West End, 59E59 Theatres NY & Los Angeles.

Monday
Oct132014

Call Answered: Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler

Lucie Pohl"Call Me Adam" chats with actress, comedian, and playwright Lucie Pohl about her one-woman show Hi, Hitler, which returns to NYC after a sold out Edinburgh Fringe Festival run, a sold out debut on London’s West End and a sold-out off-Broadway preview run at 59E59. Hi, Hitler plays from October 22-November 2 at IRT Theater in NYC (154 Christopher Street, #3B). Click here for tickets!

Hi, Hitler is about a German-Jew, who grows up in a wild family of artists, is fascinated by der Fuhrer from age four and uprooted from Hamburg to NYC at eight. As Bertolt Brecht’s real-life niece, Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama-destiny might just be impossible. A pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip hop and a dash of Hasselhoff.

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciepohl.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. From October 22-November 2, your show, Hi, Hitler is returning to NYC after a sold out Edinburgh Fringe Festival run, a sold out debut on London’s West End and a sold-out off-Broadway preview run at 59E59. What excites you about this return? What does it mean to you to have so many runs of the show? I am excited to bring the show back to NY because to me it is a New York show. People here connect to it unlike anywhere else. It's time to have a longer run of the show so a broader audience can see it. There are 8 million people in New York and only around 300 have seen my show! This doesn't seem fair, don't you think?

I am excited about this return because I feel like the show is ready now. After 28 back to back shows in Edinburgh with completely different kinds of audiences every night, I have learned a lot. I can't wait to share that with my people in New York. Also, I think the show has potential to go further and I'd like to have some people come and see it that might have a thought or two about that. So far, I am not tired of doing the show yet. Having so many runs is thrilling because each run is different and has me searching for something new. I am growing with the show.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Hi, Hitler? The answer to the meaning of life. Note: If that happens then I'd like them to please come backstage and share that with me. But if it doesn't, I will settle for a huge smile on their face, a night that they won't soon forget and the desire to secretly listen to some David Hasselhoff music when they get home.

Lucie Pohl in "Hi, Hitler"3. You are a German-Jew who grew up fascinated by Hitler. What was it about him that intrigued you so much? As someone who was so interested in Hitler, how did your uprooting from Hamburg, Germany to NYC affect you? Let's be honest, we're all a bit fascinated by Hitler aren't we? The most evil man of all time! And the silliest too! I grew up in a family of artists who argued and discussed and argued and discussed until the sun came up and there was no more cigarettes to burn. My father is German, my mother a Romanian Jew. They are post-war kids and the war was a big topic. But not only for my parents. So, as a little girl I picked up on the fact that this man, that so many people were talking about constantly, was important and I started to doodle him all the time holding up a peace sign, because that's what I thought he was doing. I was too young to understand what evil meant. I think it was my way of digesting the mysticism that was created through hearing the name but not understanding what all the fuss was about. At the same time, I'd like to think that I was already a comedian back then and recognized how comical of a figure he was. I remember coming home from the dentist after a painful cavity filling when I was around 6 years old and my mother popping in a VHS of The Great Dictator to make me feel better.

When we moved to New York the kids at school started saying things like, "Oh you're German! So you're a Nazi, right?" At that the point I was 8 years old and I think I understood more about Word War II, Hitler, and the concept of evil. I remember being embarrassed of being German and always saying, "Yes, I'm German but I'm Jewish too." We had a little figurine that made fun of Hitler that I had brought my parents from Portugal when I was 6 years old. It's Hitler doing the Nazi salute but his hat is pulled over his eyes and his pants are falling down so his butt is hanging out in the back. It was a joke, obviously, but when we moved to the States I was petrified that my American friends wouldn't get it and think we were Nazis so I made my parents hide it.

Lucie Pohl in "Hi, Hitler"4. What, if any, has been the reaction to your show's title Hi, Hitler? Generally I have had really great reactions to the title. People laugh most of the time, which is what I want! When I first workshoped the show in NY, I wrote a very naive email to the German Consulate asking if they would like to list my show in their event calendar since I am a German born performer. They answered back: "Absolutely not. The title is too close to the original, if you know what we mean." I fell off my chair laughing and considered printing postcards that say: "Hi, Hitler - Better Than The Original." Two days later The Jewish Week, North America's biggest Jewish publication requested an interview with me.

5. What has writing and performing this show done for you? What have you learned about yourself through this process? Writing this show has given me my vocation back. I was struggling with myself. It has been the most liberating experience of my life so far. My director Jessi D. Hill and I also very consciously kept the show extremely simple in terms of set, sound and lights. Not only because it doesn't need much but also because this means I can basically do it anywhere, anytime. As an actor this is an incredible experience, because you are so dependent on so many things. Through the show I learned to trust myself to never say never and that anything is possible. We make up the rules.

Lucie Pohl, "Hi, Hitler" promo shot6. What was the most fascinating thing you learned putting this show together? What was the hardest/most painful thing you learned? The biggest eye opener for me doing this show was how many people can connect and identify with my story. In its essence, the show is a fish out of water story. When I first started writing it, I thought no one will be able to connect to this, no one will care. At the beginning of John Leguizamo's Freak he comes out on stage and says, "All my Latinos bark" and I thought, God, I don't have a community at all, what am I going to say, "All my German-Jewish-Romanian-American-People-Who-Don't-Know-Who-The-Hell-They-Are-Or-Where-They-Belong yodel?" But I was wrong, I learned that most of us have felt that sense of not belonging in one way or another - whether it is because of nationality, the people we want to love, or how we want to live or life. It was a beautiful experience to learn that.

The hardest thing I had to learn was that not everyone will get it. Some people will hate the show, some people won't connect, not everyone will love it and that's a good thing. That was hard to learn, but important.

Lucie Pohl7. What is it like being the niece of Bertolt Brecht? Do you feel this artistry has influenced yours? Do you feel like you have to live up to some sort of expectation? Being related to someone who gave the world so much is an honor and inspiration! Imagine if I was related to Hitler, that would blow. Everyone would hate me for no reason. And my show wouldn't work.

I grew up with Brecht stories. One of my favorites is this: Brecht's wife Helene Weigl hated The Threepenny Opera so much she threw the manuscript away because she thought it was absolute garbage. Brecht , of course, rescued the piece from the trash bin and...the rest is history! Crazy to think that it could have disappeared into a black hole!

I am very much influenced by Brecht's work, this would be the case even if I wasn't related to him. The theater I feel most passionate about always has elements of alienation in it, for example. But more than that I think I am drawn to his humor. He had a very humorous way of looking at life and art.

As far as expectations go, yes there is definitely a level of that in my family. But to be honest the toughest expectation to live up to, is my own!

Lucie Pohl8. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright/performer? I'm gonna get a little cheesy here, but sometimes the truth hurts: Every single day something inspires me to write and perform. A bird on my window sill, a siren in the distance, a smelly bum singing Doo-Wop on a train, a Chinese lady digging through garbage in between Wall Street millionaires stumbling out of douchey bars, a song, a book, a great film, a moment ---- in short --- Life!

I grew up in a family of writers and actors, so it's been passed down to me but I had to struggle to make it my own. To have the ability to make a room full of people dream, laugh, think and be moved is the greatest gift of all. So every time I do a show I am inspired to wake up the next day and become a writer and performer all over again.

9. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? John Cleese, Eddie Murphy, Peter Brooke, Whoopi Goldberg, Pedro Almadovar, Dave Chappelle, Steve Martin, Quentin Tarantino, Ana Deavere Smith, Lorne Michaels and El Cigala to name a few.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? S**t in all four corners of the stage.

11. How do you want to be remembered? Preferably alive.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The power to be invisible. I'd sit on people's laps on the train, listen to every word in their conversations and pee in politician's coffee cups in the morning.

13. If you could be any original Life Saver flavor, which one would you be? Lemon.

14. Favorite skin care product? Sex.

Lucie PohlMore on Lucie:

Lucie Pohl is a German born NYC raised actor, comedian, writer and solo show performer. Her solo shows Hi, Hitler and Cry Me A Liver have been performed all over the East Coast, the West End in London and the Edinburg Fringe Festival to great critical acclaim. Film: Magi (J-Plan), Not Fade Away (Paramount Vantage), El Cielo Es Azul (Vox3 Films) a.o.. Theatre: Three Graces (Immigrant’s Theater Project/3-LD), Alma Mahler: Widow of the 4 Arts (The Los Angeles Theatre), Vocal Migrations (LaMaMa). MFA in Acting from the University of the Arts in Berlin.