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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
Aug222016

Call Answered: Andrea Alton: A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli 2016 FringeNYC

Andrea Alton as Molly "Equality" Dykeman and Allen Warnock as "Angie Louise Angelone", Photo Credit: Jenny RubinI love Burritos and I adore Andrea Alton, whom I've known for a several years. Ever since I found out about her alter ego Molly "Equality" Dykeman, I've been wanting to sit down with Andrea to talk about her alter ego. When I found out Andrea was going to have a show in the 2016 FringeNYC, titled A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli, combining two of favorite things, Burritos and Andrea, this seemed like the perfect time to sit down with Andrea to do an interview.

A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly "Equality" Dykeman, NYC's favorite poet/security guard. This time, "Molly" attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant so far out in Brooklyn, that it's probably in Queens. It's here that she meets a Southern chatterbox waitress, "Angie Louise Angelone" (Star of the 2015 HOT! Festival). While "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip.

With just two performances left, A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli will play the 2016 FringeNYC Wednesday, 8/24 at 8pm and Friday, 8/26 at 3:45pm at Huron Club at The SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC). Click here for tickets!

For more on A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli be sure to visit http://www.amicrowavedburrito.com and follow the show on Facebook!

Andrea Alton as Molly "Equality" Dykeman and Allen Warnock as "Angie Louise Angelone", Photo Credit: Jenny Rubin1. Your new show A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is being presented in the 2016 FringeNYC. What made now the right time to debut this show and what made you want to bring to the Fringe Festival? I’ve been involved with FringeNYC since 2003. My first production was the dark comedy Big Girl, Little World by Jay Duffer. It was somewhat terrifying because I’d never done anything like it but out of that fear and the controlled chaos that is the fringe, came one of the most exciting theatrical experiences of my life. It was also an amazing show that I’m still extremely proud of. The fringe pushes you to be your best and be ballsy. I got over a lot of fear doing my first fringe show which led to more confidence.

Since that time, I’ve done several productions with FringeNYC including Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever (2008 co-writer with Allen Warnock), The F*cking World According To Molly (2011), and last year’s production of Possum Creek. I love being a part of the fringe. I really wanted to be a part of the 20th Anniversary and Allen Warnock (co-writer/actor) and I had wanted to work together again. When I pitched him a very loose idea for the play he was game and we started working on the script.

Andrea Alton as Molly "Equality" Dykeman, Photo Credit: Jenny Rubin2. A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly "Equality" Dykeman as she attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant where she meets Southern chatterbox waitress, "Angie Louise Angelone." While "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip. When was there a time in your life when you got more than you bargained for? When I moved to New York 18 years ago I definitely got more than I bargained for.

3. In this show, "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding. When have you been in a situation you just wanted out of and how did you get out of it? Pretty much every office job I’ve had, I’ve wanted to escape. Since I can’t always escape, I usually hide in the bathroom for most of the day.

4. How are you similar to your character and what characteristics of your characters do you wish you had in your own lives? My character "Molly" is so outspoken, lays everything bear and isn’t politically correct. I can be blunt but I wish I could sometimes be as outspoken as her. She also doesn’t worry about much, and just goes with the flow. I wish I was more like that.

"Molly" is so different from me but there is a lot of me in her. We both have total self- acceptance for whoever you are, we don’t really care what other people think, and we’re witty. However, "Molly" has a pretty cool mullet which I can’t compete with.

Andrea Alton as Molly "Equality" Dykeman and Allen Warnock as "Angie Louise Angelone", Photo Credit: Jenny Rubin5. Going back in time a little bit, how did you come up with the characters of Molly "Equality" Dykeman and "Angie Louise Angelone?" What is the best part about working together? Molly "Equality" Dykeman came out of a sketch back in 2005 when Allen and I were in the sketch group Freedumb. I loved playing the character so she eventually became her own entity and I started playing clubs as her. The character "Angie Louise Angelone" first appeared at Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival in 2015. Allen created this wonderfully layered and hysterical character. The character stole the show and "Angie" was born.

I love working with Allen. He’s my favorite person to be onstage with. For some reason we just get each other as actors/writers. There’s a chemistry and connection I can’t explain. He also pushes me as a comic and he comes up with crazy original ideas.

6. If you had to give people one reason why they should come see A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli, what would that reason be? It’s a very funny, light, 55 minute show and there’s a lot heart in it. It’s a show about friendship, connecting with people, and self-acceptance. Hopefully, you’ll have some laughs and leave feeling good.

7. 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? My schedule is insane and I’m not as active as I should be. I’m trying to walk as much as I can and not always hop on the bus or train. Other than that, I dream about having a pool someday where I can get out of bed and go straight to the pool. I love swimming and I don’t mind doing laps. Although I’m sure I would eventually get bored with that and end up floating around the pool on a big swan or alligator, but right now a pool sounds pretty awesome!

Andrea AltonMore on Andrea:

Andrea Alton recently won the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. As an actor/writer, she’s been involved with FringeNYC since 2003. Notable productions include, Big Girl, Little World (written by Jay Duffer), Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever (2008 co-written with Allen Warnock), The F*cking World According To Molly (2011), and last year’s production of Possum Creek. She is the creator of Molly "Equality" Dykeman and has performed the character to sold-out houses at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and internationally. As a comic, Andrea performs regularly throughout New York, venues include, Gotham, Dixon Place, Broadway Comedy Club, UCB, The PIT, Stonewall and The Duplex. Andrea has also been featured in GO Magazine as 100 Women We Love, The Advocate, The Village Voice and The NY Post. As a writer, Andrea’s plays have been produced throughout the country with notable productions in New York, Washington DC, Florida, and Ireland. Andrea just returned from The Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival where she performed in Kathleen Warnock’s play, Julie Andrews Is The Devil