"Call Me Adam" chats with writer and actor Jamie Morris about the premiere of his newest parody Re-Designing Women which will play Baruch Performing Arts Center in NYC from June 10-21 (55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenue). Click here for tickets!
In Re-Designing Women, a female-owned Atlanta-based interior design firm, plagued by the faltering economy, is on the brink of collapse. Things change when one of the sassy southern belles has an idea to save the business. She pitches a reality show to Andy Cohen, the hotshot producer from the BRAVO network, and soon, camera crews are following the zany antics of the four outspoken feminists, their ex-con deliveryman, and their daffy family friend. Fame and fortune quickly turn their world upside down as infighting and jealousy threaten to ruin their perfect sitcom existence.
1. From you June 10-21, you will be premiering your now show Re-Designing Women at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. What made now the right to debut this show? I am beyond excited to bring Re-Designing Women to New York and make my Off-Broadway debut at Baruch's Rose Nagelberg Theater. The timing turned out to be magical. The entire world premiere cast from Dallas will be coming to New York to reprise their roles and I'm over the moon to be reunited with them.
2. What excites you about having this show come to life? The sitcom was one of my favorites of all time. I'm a true fan. And I'm thrilled to have the chance to celebrate it in my little twisted way.
3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Re-Designing Women? Nostalgia for the show and hopefully an appreciation with what I have done to pay homage to the show.
4. Out of all the sitcoms of the 80s, what made you want to create a parody of Designing Women? Aside from the Golden Girls, Designing Women was/is one of my favorites. I'm from the south and I just love the humor. I know those women! And the creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason is someone I admire greatly.
5. You have created parodies of other sitcoms/movies. What is it about a certain sitcom or movie that makes you go, "This would make a great parody"? Have you ever had any backlash from the original sitcom/movie you are parodying? No backlash yet. Not a peep. Fingers crossed. I think first and foremost to parody something you have to be a fan. You can't spoof something you don't care about. It just wouldn't work. Unless I was trying to make fun, which is something I don't like to do. I also like to choose a sitcom or movie with iconic characters that audiences can identify with.
6. Who or what inspired you to become a writer? I studied journalism but then the acting bug bit. After years of acting I starting writing plays with a writing partner and then broke off on my own. I just merged my passion for writing with acting. I love writing dialogue more then a news story.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a writer? Hopefully I have learned to become a better writer.
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Don't cast yourself. Go to the audition and let them decide for you.
9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To be able to transport myself to anywhere in the world in seconds!
10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? The JULIA in celebration of the show and late great Dixie Carter. A classic Mint Julep. Sweet, strong and genteel. A true classic.
Jamie Morris is best known for his parody plays Mommie Queerest, (LA Weekly Theater Award) The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, The Silence of the Clams, and Gilligan’s Fire Island. He is also a writer for Cirque du Soliel’s Zumanity in Las Vegas where he lives with his partner of 16 years. When he’s not on the road playing "Mrs. Garrett," "Joan Crawford," or "Hannibal Lichter" in his own plays, Jamie is "Father Mark" in the long-running hit Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.