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Entries in Theater For The New City (3)

Monday
Mar032014

Call Answered: Facetime Interview with the cast of Andy Halliday's Nothing But Trash

"Call Me Adam" went behind the scenes into the rehearsal room to chat with the cast of Andy Halliday's new comedy Nothing But Trash, directed by G.R. Johnson, which will play at Theater for the New City from March 6-23. Click here for tickets! 

For more on Nothing But Trash be sure to visit: http://nothingbuttrashnyc.wix.com/nothing-but-trash and follow them on Facebook!

 

 

Interview with the cast of Andy Hallliday's Nothing But Trash:

Andy HallidayMore on Andy: 

Andy Halliday is an actor, writer and director, who was most recently seen Off-Broadway in the 2011 production of Devil Boys From BeyondNothing But Trash marks the third time he has performed in his own work, having previously performed double duty with Sex Slaves of the Lost Kingdom and I Can’t Stop Screaming. He got his start in 1983 performing in Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. From 1987 to 1991, the Theatre-In-Limbo company went on to perform three more of Busch’s plays: Psycho Beach PartyRed Scare On Sunset and The Lady In Question, the latter earning Halliday the Scene Stealer of the Month Award from Playbill.

G.R. JohnsonMore on G.R. Johnson:

Has directed Ty Adam’s Bounce and Thunder for the Circle East Theater Company, Seven11.2005 for Desipina Theatre Company and was the Associate Director, as well as Fight Choreographer and Dialect Coach, for a production of Peter Pan in Honolulu. As an actor, he has worked at the Huntington Theater (winner of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award), The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and many others. In New York City, he has performed at NY Classical Theatre, Mint Theater Company, La MaMa E.T.C., NY International Fringe Festival, and in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.

Saturday
Apr212012

Jen Cody: Charles Busch's Judith of Bethulia

Jen Cody in Charles Busch's "Judith of Bethulia"Jen Cody is an Annie Award Winner and Drama League nominee whose career spans theatre, film, and television. On Broadway, Jen has tickled audiences in "Cats," "Beauty and the Beast," "Grease," "Seussical," "Urinetown," "Taboo," "The Pajama Game," and "Shrek the Musical." Off-Broadway, Jen delighted audiences in "Junie B. Jones," "Andrew Lipa's The Wild Party," and "Henry and Mudge," for which Jen received a Drama Desk nomination. Her other theatrical credits include "No, No Nannette" at City Center's Encores Series and regional and touring productions of "Gypsy," "Cinderella," "On The Town," "All Shook Up" (opposite Sally Struthers), "Oklahoma," "Into The Woods," "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," "A Chorus Line," "42nd Street," "Lend Me A Tenor," and "Moon Over Buffalo."

"Judith of Bethulia" castTelevision and film audiences know Jen as the voices of "Charlotte" in "The Princess and the Frog" (Annie Award Winner for Outstanding Voice Acting in a Feature Production) and "Darcy" on Nickelodeon's version of the "Winx Club." Jen was a series regular on the short-lived "Untitled Paul Reiser Project" as the sassy secretary and friend "Clarissa" and had a featured on the "Law & Order" episode entitled "Crimebusters" as "Vicki Saunders," a beauty shop associate.

Currently, Jen is starring in the sold-out run of Charles Busch's hilarious new show, "Judith of Bethulia," directed by Carl Andress, at the Theater for the New City in New York City's East Village (155 First Avenue). For more on "Judith of Bethulia," follow the show on Facebook!

For more on Jen be sure to follow her on Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I grew up listening to Barbara Streisand albums and acting out "Second Hand Rose" and "Sam, you made the pants too long." I loved how funny I could tell she was, just by listening to her voice. I came to NYC with my dance class and saw shows and I was hooked.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I love Amy Sedaris' wit. Would love to work with her. I would also love to work with Mark Rylance...he's a comic genius.

3. What attracted you to "Judith of Bethulia"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Charles Busch. I am in awe that I get to be a part of a Charles Busch show. I learn something about comedy every night. I hope audience just laugh and think, "Did they just say that?"

4. What do you identify most with about your character "Naomi"? "Naomi" is a fighter. She may not always succeed but she is "full out" with her efforts. She saves the Jews...well, she tries to save them. Noble effort.

5. You've worked with Charles Busch before, when you were in "Taboo" and he was the book writer. What has it been like to work with him again, this time as both as the book writer and performer of the piece? "Taboo" was quite an experience. "Judith" is a completely different beast. It is nice to create without an ounce of tension or critical judgement. We are truly just making art. "Taboo" became about a lot of other things and what we all created got lost a bit in the hubbub.

6. What excites you about performing at Theater for the New City? I get to see a part of NYC that I've never seen. It's also amazing doing the show to a sold-out crowd who all want to be there because they LOVE Charles and his work. It's a dream job.

7. What's your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? I love doing previews where you start to find a rhythm to the comedy. That moment when you "feel the wave" and the "timing". You can't do that without an audience. I also love relaxing into it a bit and being able to take in and enjoy all of the elements that your castmates have added since you were rehearsing. And then try not to laugh. I rehearse walking down the street. When I run these lines walking down Ninth Ave, people step out of my way. It's great for moving through tourists in Times Square.....

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I realize that the parts of a show that terrify me during rehearsals are usually going to be the most fulfilling in the end. 100% of the time, this is true.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Laugh every day.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Well, I CAN dream about anyone...right?This is a weird question. Let's see...I have talent crushes on Joshua Henry and Jan Maxwell. Go figure. I also still dream about my husband even after 15 years...that's pretty good.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sitting on the deck at our Lake house. Hubby grilling. Friends around the table. Puppies laying on their backs.Drinking wine. Good music playing and watching the sun go down.

12. Favorite skin care product? Mario Bedesco Rosewater facial spray.

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Talking to animals...I want so bad to hear what my pup Chewbacca has to say to me.

Monday
Oct102011

Louisa Bradshaw

Louisa Bradshaw as "Norma Jean"Louisa Bradshaw as "Marilyn Monroe"Louisa Bradshaw is an actress & chanteuse that spans the globe, starring in her own show at the premier Berlin cabaret & varieté venues, BarJeder Vernuff & the Chameleon. In NYC, she has worked with TONY Award-winning director/choreographer George Faison on "If This Hat Could Talk" & recently starred as the "Countess Analise" in the Lissa Moira/Richard West production "Who Murdered Love?" and in Lissa Moira's "Only Love Will Do."

Louisa is currently starring in "Siren's Heart, Marilyn in Purgatory," also directed by Lissa Moira at Theater for the New City in NYC's East Village through October 23 (155 First Avenue, between 9th & 10th Street). Click here for tickets!

For more on Louisa be sure to follow her on Facebook!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Gosh. From the moment they spanked my tuchas, I knew I wanted to perform! My father is a composer and my Oma (Dutch Grandmother) was a singer, so it is in my blood. I am related to Audry Hepburn on my Oma’s side and Sir Francis Drake on my father’s side, so I guess that makes me a pirate and a lady...the perfect combination for a perfomer.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Geraldine Page is my all time favorite and I would love to work with her wonderful daughter Angelica Page...and then of course my unsung heroes...Sheryl Moller and Annie Hubbard who I was in conservatory with...John Gallagher and Broadway’s best kept secret Billy Buell. My biggest dream is to have my own production company much like Charlie Chaplin’s United Artists where the artists come together and create their own projects and are protected under one umbrella. It’s important to me that my brilliant friends get the chance to shine.

3. What attracted you to "Siren's Heart, Marilyn in Purgatory" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I love the whole notion of purgatory, as many people believe that we are all in purgatory...some place between heaven (a place of ultimate happiness) and hell (a place of ultimate despair) where we are learning lessons that will help us become a better person. I was very attracted to the idea of telling Marilyn’s story from this perspective.

4. What did Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe mean to you growing up and now as an adult? What excites you about playing the legendary Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe and what makes you nervous? I distinctly remember as a little girl, having completed the entire collection of Bulfinch’s Mythology by the age of 10, praying to Zeus to make me like Aprodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. I always saw Marilyn as this goddess. And now as an adult, I realize that Marilyn was made to be the goddess of Eros (sexual) Love, but I feel that she was longing to be the goddess of Agape (unconditional) Love.

What excites me is the chance to do a mystic healing on Marilyn. I know this sounds weird, but I feel that she was very wounded and it was manifested in the love crisis she played out throughout her life. And I am honored to be able to tell her story from this perspective. What makes me nervous is losing myself in the drama of her life so I have to remember to stay centered in who I am.

5. "Siren's Heart, Marilyn in Purgatory" will be playing at Theater For The New City where you've performed before. What do you like about performing at TNC? TNC is an artists’ theater located in the legendary east village that has spawned so many of our greatest artists. Crystal Field (Executive Director) has maintained the integrity of the theatre, much like Chaplin did with United Artists, by keeping it a safe haven of artistic freedom.

6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? This rehearsal period has been the most challenging of my life, but it has helped me overcome the greatest obstacles I have ever faced. My favorite place is anywhere where I am calm enough to imagine the character in peace and not be pressured by any outside constraints.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? My favorite way to spend a day off is connecting with friends and sitting in the sun and breathing in fresh air.

8. Favorite skin care product? Favorite kind of shoes? Tracie Martyn Skincare. It’s on the back of my program. It’s the most amazing thing I have ever used and I will never use anything else.

My favorite kind of shoes are anything comfortable.

9. Favorite website? www.myrocketnutrition.com

10. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? It depends on the day.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Penny Landau says "The first thing you have to do is breathe." And Spencer Tracy said “Know your lines and don’t bump into the furniture.” Sheryl Moller says “Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.”

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Right now I pray every night that Marilyn will come to me. I have her photo over my bed.

13. You've performed all around the world as a singer and actress. How has this experience shaped your performing style and you as a person? When I finished my MFA in acting at the Goodman Threatre School in Chicago, my first professional offer was to do a film about a woman’s descent into madness because of sexual objectification. Ironic isn’t it. This film did not get made, as it was too avant-garde, even by Berlin standards. In Berlin, I was given the gestation period that every artist deserves to find what my voice was to be. I longed to be a serious artist and fled commercialism and found that in Europe I no longer felt like a commodity. This experience gave me the confidence I was sorely lacking throughout my youth. I now feel the confidence to fulfill my calling, if you will, and realize that fame is not what will or ever could have made me happy, but rather this elusive happiness is found only within.