Call Redialed: NEW Molly Pope Interview: "The Making of King Kong"
I loved catching up with the Queen of everything, Miss Molly Pope! She is a talented actress who has a killer voice that will make your jaw drop.
Molly is starring in Target Margin Theater’s production of Lisa Clair’s new play The Making of King Kong, an explosive and subversive fantasia ‘Making Of’ the original 1933 flick. This new play takes a comedically brutal look inside the strangest adventure drama this thrill-mad world has ever seen and seeks to uncover the CULTURAL MONSTER BEHIND THE MONSTER.
The Making of King Kong plays at The DOXSEE (232 52nd Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn) through December 15. Click here for tickets!
1. You are currently starring in Target Margin Theater's production of Lisa Clair's The Making of King Kong. What attracted you to this show? Lisa Clair. I met Lisa working on Dan Fishback’s The Material World years ago then had a cameo in a performance of her show What’s Your Problem? and also saw David Commander’s Steve of Tomorrow (with whom she collaborates). I would’ve said yes to any Lisa Clair project. Throw in that it’s a deconstruction of a classic Hollywood film and I’m already in hair and makeup.
2. What do you relate to most about "Fay Wray"? I appreciate the quotation marks. The role in the play is based on the actress Fay Wray, but stylistic considerations and plot conventions make “Fay Wray” more accurate.
The thing I relate to most about the character in this play is the search for a genuine connection with another living creature. I too have found it with a non-human, my 11-year-old diabetic cat, Dorian.
3. What is one characteristic of hers you are glad you yourself don't possess? I am glad I’m not able to grin and bear the misogynist treatment “Fay Wray” digests in the play. She knows how to play the game and plays it hard. It’s not a game I’m interested in playing. For better or worse for my career.
As for the actress Fay Wray, I’d rather say the characteristic she possessed that I wish I had: endless optimism. She was asked so many times if she didn’t like the fact that “King Kong” is what she’s most remembered for and she always expressed nothing but gratitude for the film. She seems up for anything and just thrilled to be there. Also, I bow down to any actor who successfully made the transition from silent films to talkies.
4. What should audiences know prior to coming to the show? The making of the 1933 film is the jumping off point for a deep dive into some messy social/cultural/political minefields. But hilarious.
5. I am loving the poster of you for this show. Let's play with that for a moment. Other than "King Kong" coming at you, when has there been a time you made that look? Groups of teenagers boarding the subway on their commute home from school.
More on Molly:
Molly Pope is a critically-acclaimed cabarettist whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe's Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret's most adventurous performers" by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008” and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for “Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” Most recently she recorded her first album, An Audience with Molly Pope, live at Joe's Pub. She has also performed at The Cafe Carlyle (“Tales From The Jazz Age”), the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, The Amber Zone at Sid Gold's Request Room, “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House Music School’s “Uncharted Series" and as a resident artist at The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) and The Orchard Project. Stage credits include FOUND (Atlantic Theater Co, Philadelphia Theater Co), Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress (LaMama ETC/Theatre Askew), Dan Fishback’s The Material World (Dixon Place).