Playwright and performer Dina Ninette Plotch is a social worker, actress and comedienne born and raised in New York. She has graced the stages of many off-off-off-off Broadway productions over the course of her acting career, and hopes, one day, to get rid of one of the off's. Selected theatre credits include, "Multiple Plotchanalities" at the United Solo Theatre Festival, "SUV the Musical!" at the New York International Fringe Festival and "The International Kosher Cooking Show" with Isramerica.
Now, Dina is bringing "Multiple Plotchanalities" to the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC. "Multiple Plotchanalities" is the modern day runaway bride story for the infantilized, indecisive 30 year-old in all of us. Through a multitude of kooky characters, we watch the story of Leah unfold, as she tries to find her own voice, while shutting out all the crazy. A light-hearted and poignant tale of growing up, moving on and, of course, bikini waxes.
"Multiple Plotchanalities" will play for 6 performances at the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). For tickets, click on the date you want to see the show! Wednesday, July 18th @ 7:30pm; Thursday, July 19th @ 9pm; Tuesday, July 24th @ 7:30pm; Saturday, July 28th @ 8:30pm; Tuesday, July 31st @ 7:30pm; Friday, August 3rd @ 7:30pm.
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My older brother inspired me to act. He was a child actor, and I wanted to be just like him. After several years, he stopped acting and pursued a different career; I did too, but I never left it completely. My mother also played a large role in my decision to act. As a Tunisian/Israeli/over-the-top Jewish mother, I couldn't help but imitate her. After her, came others, and so on and so forth......
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? My dream would be to work with Tracy Ullman. In my opinion, she is the most talented comedic actress around. I used to watch her as a little girl and marvel at her ability to take on so many different characters, and I hoped, one day, I would be able to do the same.
3. What made you want to write "Mulitple Plotchanalities"? Writing and performing a one woman show was always a dream for me, I just never thought I could do it. Then life happened, and I had a story to tell, so I started writing.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I hope audiences will feel inspired and hopeful and come away from the show understanding that making the right choice in life is not necessarily the easy choice, but that following your gut is always the way to go.
5. What excites you most about being part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival? The Midtown International Theatre Festival is a festival full of people who are passionate about the theater and love creating new and innovative work. It's a wonderful environment to be around.
6. What was your favorite part of the creative process in putting this show together? Working with my director. She is incredible - so funny, and imaginative, always coming up with amazing ideas. She has been supportive from the start and has always inspired me to take my show to the next level. "Multiple Plotchanalities" would not be the same without her.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Performing, especially your own material, is incredibly cathartic for me. Where I can't be honest with my feelings in life, I can completely let myself go on stage. Playing different characters allows me the freedom to be myself. Sounds completely backwards, but it's true!
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Everything will be fine! Relax! You're great! For an actor, especially one performing in a solo show, where absolutely everything rests on your shoulders, these words are like little back massages from G-d.
9. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I often dream about Andy Samburg, but I don't think that really relates.
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would love to be able to be invisible - being able to listen in on other people's conversations would be so cool.......Does that make me sound creepy?