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Call Redialed: Steven Reineke: New York Pops: By Special Request: An Evening With The Orchestra

Steven Reineke, Photo Credit: Michael Tammaro"Call Me Adam" once again chats with The New York Pops' Musical Director Steven Reineke. This time around we discuss the second concert of their 32nd Season, By Special Request: An Evening With The Orchestra, which will take place on Friday, November 14 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall in NYC (57th Street and 7th Avenue). By Special Request: An Evening With The Orchestra will feature popular symphonic pieces by European masters; selections from great American composers such as Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein with Essential Voices USA; and the New York premiere of "Festival Te Deum" written by The New York Pops very own Steven Reineke. Click here for tickets!

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Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna Webber1. On Friday, November 14, The New York Pops continues their 32nd Season with By Special Request: An Evening With The Orchestra. What do you like most about doing these special request concerts? I love that we've begun a tradition of featuring the orchestra and its wonderful musicians each season. We collaborate throughout the year with so many incredible guests artists and soloists but at the heart of it all, it's the orchestra that makes each concert so special with their amazing musicianship and versatility. 

Doing a program like this really allows the orchestra to shine. The repertoire I've chosen is very demanding, giving us a chance to push ourselves and challenge the orchestra to reach even greater heights artistically.

2. During this show, you will perform your composition "Festival Te Deum," which will be making its New York debut. What excites you most about premiering this song during By Special Request? What, if anything, makes you nervous about having an audience hear one of your compositions for the first time? I'm very excited to conduct this piece in New York for the first time. I don't often program a lot of my own music here but I thought this was a great opportunity to show our audience another side of me. I'm not sure many of them realize that I'm also a composer. It's always a little scary to perform your own music for an audience because it's very personal. I just take a deep breath and hope that it connects with the listener and has an impact on them.

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops Gala, Photo Credit: Richard Termine3. How did you decide which songs you were going to perform for this concert? The second half of the program is dedicated to iconic New York composers - Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. It all started when I realized the date of the performance, November 14th, fell on Aaron Copland's birthday. He would've been 114 years old this year. That's when I decided to feature his music and pair it with Bernstein and Gershwin. The first half of the concert features some great music from the European symphonic repertoire.

4. Since the evening is called By Special Request, what is the one special request you get asked the most in regards to The New York Pops? Patrons and fans are constantly giving me their ideas and opinions regarding what they would like to see and hear. I really like that and take it all to heart. Honestly though, the number one thing I've heard from patrons over the years is that they sometimes just want to hear the orchestra featured without guest artists.  I think this is a huge compliment to the musicians of The New York Pops. That's why I decided to create a concert each year called By Special Request: An Evening With the Orchestra.

5. If you could request anything of the New York Pops' audience, what would you ask them? Please tell all of their friends to buy subscription packages or single tickets to our concerts! Also, feel free to use social media to spread the word about this great orchestra. If you enjoyed a concert, then tweet about us or post on Facebook. We want everyone to know how special our concerts are and to continue to sell out our performances.

Steven Reineke conducting, Photo Credit: Richard Termine6. Once again, you are teaming up Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA for this evening's concert. How did you first come to work with them and what makes you want to continue to team up with them for your concerts? Judith Clurman and the chorus were recommended to me the first season I was with the orchestra. We brought them in for a concert and I was blown away by their sound and professionalism. Judith is an extraordinary conductor and prepares the chorus beautifully. We know each other so well at this point that she knows exactly what I'll like or not.

7. What makes this By Special Request concert different from previous ones? For these concerts, it seems as though I've alternated programming film music one year and classical repertoire the next. This year we are back to classical pieces. I'm excited that this one also includes music from opera, ballet, and theater.

8. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Pineapple. It's the most interesting of the five original flavors.

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna Webber9. If you could have a song written about your life, what are some key elements you would want to make sure the lyricist wrote into the song? For example, I've had two theme songs written for for my past radio show and one for a live interview series I used to conduct. The key elements I wanted to make sure got written into each theme song was that I did entertainment interviews and then the lyricists wrote my theme songs around that idea. That I was born to be an entertainer and that I think love is the most powerful force in the universe.

10. How do you want to be remembered? Um, I sure hope that I'm not going anywhere very soon!!! I would like to be remembered as a kind, thoughtful, and generous person that gave everything to my work and lived life to the fullest. Hopefully, I also touched some people through music along the way.

Steven Reineke, Photo Credit; Michael TammaroMore on Steven:

Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband Eric Gabbard.

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Richard TermineMore on The New York Pops:

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. 


Call Answered: Markus Potter: Stalking The Bogeyman

Markus Potter"Call Me Adam" chats with adaptor and director Markus Potter about his new play Stalking The Bogeyman, about the real-life story of David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. Stalking The Bogeyman plays at New World Stages in NYC (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) through November 9. Click here for tickets!

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1. You have adapted the script and are directing the new Off-Broadway show Stalking the Bogeyman at New World Stages based upon the real-life story of David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. What was it about this story that made you want to adapt it for the stage? When I heard this story, its raw truth cut me to the core. It was so powerful and beautiful and inspiring. I knew right away that this thrilling story about healing needed to reach more people.

2. Why did you want to direct the show in addition to adapting the script? My intent from the beginning was to DIRECT the play. I was in negotiations with some big writers to adapt the story but the roadblock was the agent. I had to wait months to get a response, and when negotiations were going nowhere, I started to blueprint the structure as a directorial exercise. I sat down with Shane Zeigler, Shane Stokes and Santino Fontana, and six months later, when negotiations with agents were going nowhere, I realized that we actually had the beginnings of a play. And with David Holthouse’s extraordinary skill as a storyteller and writer himself, everything was already there. We simply expanded what Holthouse had already created.

Markus Potter and David Holthouse, Photo Credit: David Gordon3. What was it like to work with David to bring his story to life in this manner? There are not many people in this world that I respect more than Holthouse. Brilliant mind, brilliant writer, brilliant storyteller.  Our collaboration has been incredible since the moment we first spoke.

His notes/thoughts/ideas were always spot on. People come and go in your life and always leave impressions. Not only do I respect David for his honesty and bravery in putting his story out there like this, but when I think of his talent, the only word I feel that does him justice is "brilliant." He is a great collaborator and courageous man. Happy to say he has become a trusted friend.

4. What have you enjoyed most about working with this cast? One of the strongest casts in NYC. They are truthful, grounded, vulnerable, and settle for nothing less than the immediacy of every moment. Truly a tremendous cast that makes my job easy.

Roderick Hill in "Stalking The Bogeyman"5. What do you identify most with about the story? Secrets, Fear, Shame, Family, Parenthood, Communication, Hope.

6. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Stalking The Bogeyman? Catharsis.  Courage. Inspiration. I hope that audiences leave this play feeling inspired to confront the darkness inside of them. I want people to feel hopeful and that you can change course at any moment.

7. Since this show is about the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family, what has happened in your life that you've forgiven someone for? I’m not very good at forgiveness. I still have fantasies of hurting an old bully in high school that would torture the weakest kids in our school. I’m not sure if I hate him or hate myself more for not speaking up. Not sure if I can forgive, but when I remind myself that he was just a scared and damaged boy who was desperate to feel a sense of power and control and self worth, I’m able to let it go to some extent.

Scene from "Stalking The Bogeyman"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Don’t trust your gut. It’s pretty hard to decipher the gut from the heart from the cerebral cortex.

9. How do you want to be remembered? Committed father, good husband, and a great director that brought important stories to the world.

10. With the announcement that Stalking The Bogeyman is closing November 9, what is next for the show? I plan to direct the play next year in L.A., and we are in conversations with many regional theatre’s across the country. Stalking the Bogeyman has also been optioned as a feature film…more info to come.  Also some London talk, TBD…


Roderick Hill in "Stalking The Bogeyman"

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?Eternal patience. I have very little of it. Occasionally it’s a good thing, many times it is not.

12. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Orange, to match our show poster.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? Racing after my 4 year old son Tennessee and 2 year old Juliet.

14. Boxers or Briefs? Whatever my wife gives me for my birthday.

Markus PotterMore on Markus:

Markus Potter is the founder and producing artistic director of NewYorkRep. 
Directing and producing credits include Stalking the Bogeyman (North Carolina Stage Company), The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble (Broadway-St. James), Black Wizard/Blue Wizard by Dave Malloy and Eliza Bent (Incubator Arts), Why You Beasting (Best of FringeNYC – transferred to the Players theatre off-Broadway).

As an actor: The Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf, Denver Center, ACT, Berkeley Rep, tour of Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, Cherry Lane, Cal Shakes, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre DC, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and many more.


Call Redialed: Seth Rudetsky: Seth's Broadway Diary

"Call Me Adam" caught up with Broadway's Seth Rudetsky to talk about his new book Seth's Broadway Diary, published by Dress Circle Publishing. A one of a kind Broadway journal, Seth's Broadway Diary chronicles Seth's unique life on and around the Great White Way. Click here to purchase your copy!

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1. On October 22, you launched your 4th book, Seth's Broadway Diary, a one of a kind Broadway journal chronicling your unique life on and around the Great White Way. What made now the right time to release this book? My A.D.D. plus harrasment. For years I've been talking about getting my Playbill columns published. Basically since I started writing them in 2007. My A.D.D. prevented me from actually doing anything about it. Finally, my husband harrassed me and commandeered my old assistant Joey Monda to send out samples. Joey sent one to Dress Circle Publishing and I got a book deal!

2. What excites you most about this release? I love seeing all these really hilarious stories and interviews in one book instead of tracking them down online. I love the kind of book that you can open and read something fun. Even though this book is in chronological order, you can open it up to any page and get a great story about Sutton Foster, me missing a flight to rehearse with Betty Buckley or some amazing inside scoop about Donna McKechnie and the original cast of A CHORUS LINE.

Seth Rudetsky and Matthew Broderick at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party3. What was it like to go back through your life on and around Broadway to write this book? How did you narrow down what you wanted to include in the book? This is literally the columns I published. I only added sassy 2014 side comments (in a different font) when I went through it to edit. For instance, I wrote about seeing the show 13 and I added that the cast featured a then-unknown Ariana Grande!

4. While you were writing this book, did you come across any events that you wish you had done differently? I wish I didn't call James my boyfriend in every column. I mean, he was my boyfriend at the time, but every time I mentioned him I reiterated it in case I had new readers. A few months after I began writing the columns, I interviewed Nathan Lane and he told me he had HAD IT with me writing "my boyfriend James" every month. "WE GET IT ALREADY! IS JAMES YOUR FIRST BOYFRIEND!?!?!"

Kelli O'Hara and Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party5. What advice would you give your younger self that you didn't know then, but do now? Stop eating cereal late at night. Cardio stops working after age 39.

6. What did you learn about yourself from writing this book? I've done a lot of things I've forgotten about!!! I was reading about an interview I did with Barbara Cook to promote her upcoming concert with Audra McDonald that benefitted the Obama reelection campaign. I wished I had seen the concert. Then I read the following column where I wrote about how great the concert was!

7. What do you hope readers come away with after reading this book? So many fun stories about Broadway they can tell their friends! "Did you know Chita Rivera kicked herself in the head every night at the end of "America" because she's so flexible?" "Did you know Betty Buckley's agent prevented her from getting the role of "Catherine" in PIPPIN because he wanted his other client (Jill Clayburgh) to get the gig?" "Did you know Andrea McArdle hid 64 easter eggs on the set of LES MIZ and they only found 58? And it wound up breaking the barricade?"

Jackie Hoffman, Seth Rudetsky, and Alysha Umphress at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party8. What was the most emotional event you came across while writing this book? What was the happiest event? The most emotional was reading about Loretta Sable Ayres audition for SOUTH PACIFIC and how she almost didn't go because she thought they'd be mean to her like the judges on AMERICAN IDOL. Her husband talked her into going...she got the part...and a Tony nomination!

The happiest is reading about all these amazing Broadway people I've worshipped that I got to hang out with. My inner 14-year-old's childhood dream!

9. Of the celebrities you write about in your book, did any of them have an issue with you telling any of these behind-the-scenes antics or was everyone okay with it? Bebe Neuwirth once said "Seth has an ability to make you reveal things you never thought you'd say in public."!

Seth Rudetsky and Jennifer Ashley Tepper at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party10. What do you like about being an author that you don't get from doing your live interviews on Sirius XM or at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox? Sometimes people don't know how to build a story when they tell me and when I write it, I can give the details for maximum emphasis. Example...Rebecca Luker told me they didn't want to see her for MUSIC MAN. She asked her agent to get her an audition as a courtesy. The powers-that-be finally agreed but let it be known that she was not what they were looking for. Rebecca went to the audition knowing they didn't want to see her or cast her (so nervewracking!), but she got a callback, the role and a Tony nomination! When I asked Rebecca in person "How did you get MUSIC MAN?" she said "I auditioned." Wowza. I had to get her to tell the story in increments for the full effect!


11. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? The flavor Red whatever that is.

12. How do you want to be remembered? For loving art/music/comedy and spreading that love around!

Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch PartyMore on Seth:

Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including RAGTIME, LES MIZ and PHANTOM. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including DREAMGIRLS with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and HAIR with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing “Magic to Do” in a devastating unitard) in THE RITZ directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed RHAPSODY IN SETH (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on LAW AND ORDER C.I. and had a recurring role on ALL MY CHILDREN. As an author, he penned the non-fiction Q GUIDE TO BROADWAY, the novel BROADWAY NIGHTS and the recently published MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN (Random House). BROADWAY NIGHTS is available on starring Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Jonathan Groff and MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hiltly. Seth played himself on Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s LEGALLYLONDE reality show and starred opposite Sutton Foster in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in DISASTER! (which the NY TIMES called a "triumph"), and he currently writes a weekly column on and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show "DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY."


Call Answered: David A. Gill: Providence the Play

David A. Gill"Call Me Adam" chats with actor and playwright David A. Gill about his new show Providence playing at the Roy Arias Stage IV in NYC (300 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) through October 26. Providence is about a group of misfit travelers who find themselves in the wrong place at the right time. Through their confrontations, secrets are revealed, discoveries made, and destinations altered forever. Providence takes a compassionate yet wildly funny look at love, guilt, betrayal, nonsense, and finding your nature, and teaches us that Salvation isn't a place you can arrive by bus. Click here for tickets!

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1. From October 9-26, your show, Providence will be playing at the Roy Arias Stage IV theatre in NYC. What excites you about this upcoming run? The whole theater experience excites me, but most of all the actors do! They have such a great creative energy, and I am so happy to be working with them.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I think the sense that we should never take people at face value, that there is almost always an underlying cause to their behavior, a story that’s hidden away, and that is guiding their actions.

Cast of "Providence" Geri-Nikole Love, Nick Adamson, Joel T Bauer, Todd Butera, and Carla Briscoe, Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography3. What has been the best part about watching this cast bring your work to life even more? For me, it’s that they get it, that they are making all the connections I intended, and then some. They truly are a collection of smart, sensitive, instinctive, and unique talents, and they deserve to be seen – they are magical.

4. Out of all the bus stations in the world, why did you choose to set the show in Providence, RI? What is your connection to the city? I summered on Cape Cod every summer of my life till I was in my mid-Twenties, and traveling to and from, it became apparent that Providence is The Hub of that area. Wherever you’re going, you inevitably have to stop in Providence before heading back out towards your destination. The name is also pretty apt.

Nico Allen, Carla Briscoe, and Joel T Bauer in "Providence", Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography5. Since Providence centers around a group of stranded travelers and them ultimately finding salvation, when in your life have you felt stranded and how have you found salvation? When have I not? I think the journey is spotted with periods of feeling stranded, at many different levels of emotional weight, but I think these are the times we learn most about ourselves, and our resilience as human beings. We are adaptive creatures, so when we learn to adapt we grow. So think of being "stranded" as a forced holding pattern for rumination, decision making, and ultimately moving on.

6. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting a show together? I do love the readings. I do a lot of workshop readings with different sized audiences, where I listen for what works and what doesn't work, and then go back to fine-tuning the piece. It helps to get the voices out of your own head, and into someone else’s voice, to see whether or not the language is true.

Nico Allen, Nick Adamson, and Geri-Nikole Love in "Providence", Photo Credit: Pepe Pombo Photography7. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? It would have to be my father who instilled a love of the written word, as well a passion for the theater and film, in me at a pretty early age (whenever I came home from college, he would have a stack of The New York Times Arts & Leisure sections set aside for me). My favorite films are the old ones from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s where the dialogue is so important – things people said, and the way they said them, were integral. Second, as an actor, I know and understand the stage instinctually – it’s always been the place I’ve felt most at home, so it was the natural evolution for me.

8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Anyone who knows me could answer this question for you. Angela Lansbury. It’s not a joke – look at her career in film, theater, television! There is a reason she is one of the most highly regarded actresses of hers or any other generation. I could go on and on…I do! See the play!

David A. Gill9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Trust your instincts.

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? Oh Lord – a lot! They say you should always write from experience, and that is absolutely true, but while doing so, you tend to drudge up past issues and emotions you thought you’d buried away. Then you analyze them to death in order to find something worth sharing, and all that can be a rough ride. What I’ve learned through my writing is to finally deal with these issues, put them in a place of understanding (either comically or dramatically, but hopefully in a unique and interesting way), and eventually find closure.


11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To breathe under water. Is that a super power? I’ve always had a fondness for Aquaman.

12. If you could be any original Life Saver flavor, which one would you be? Lime. Love me some lime.

13. How do you want to be remembered? Besides all the fantasy stuff about Tony Awards, and Pulitzer Prizes, I think I would like to be remembered as that playwright who made people laugh out loud, and then cry on a turn; who made people think more profoundly about their own lives, and who really understood the emotional fabric that life is made of. Oh, and a good person.

David A. GillMore on David:

David is the author of California (one act), and has just completed his second full length play, Experimenting with Katz, which is currently being submitted to various play festivals and theater groups. He is also the co-author of two television pilots with Tony Nation, both of which are being represented by Bohemia Group. As an actor he was last seen on the Gray Wig stage at Hofstra University as "Bobby" in Company, and before that as "Will Parker" in Oklahoma!, and has numerous other local and regional productions to his credit. He originated the title role in the Chicago production of Jeffrey (Transient Theater), as well as "Arthur" in Love, Valour, Compassion (Victory Gardens), and can be heard on the original cast recording of Fairy Tales by Eric Lane Barnes.


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.

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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.


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.

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