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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 15, 2011

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Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February until the Festival starts, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with Sergio Solorzano who is the Writer/Director of The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street.

A beautiful lady in a red dress hires two clueless private eyes to investigate a matter of intrigue, foul play, and homoerotic undertones. Dangerous mystery, mysterious danger, and one big Lonely Sausage.

The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street

The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street

answers by Sergio Solorzano – Writer/Director

Antonio Asks: What makes FRIGID such a warm and welcoming experience for your production?

FRIGID is a very helpful festival during all stages of production. Where other festivals give you a space and some generic flyers, FRIGID will help you individually market your show and fulfill your technical needs.

Diánna Asks: What about this play do you feel most drawn to personally, and because of that, what message do you hope the audience walks away with?

I feel most drawn to the choice of themes the play offers. There are seven very different characters coming from very different backgrounds, and their goals are, you guessed it, very different.

The message the audience walks away with will vary from person to person, because people with identify with different characters. Watching it all play out from each character’s point of view is something that I have a lot of fun with.

Karen Asks: That’s some title.  How did you come up with it – and what does it mean?

Mystery Street is a location in the show, and there is a mystery that needs solving. After that I figured I’d throw another mystery in there, just to make sure people got the point.

Stephen Asks: You must have a favorite part of your show.  What makes it your favorite?

My favorite scene has to be the climactic scene 8, which we’ve taken to calling the “Gun Scene”. As the name implies, there are a lot of guns drawn, motivations are revealed, and shit basically hits the fan.
We take the energy and ridiculousness up to the max, and then take it further. I can’t say too much, but just know that someone will die. Or not.

Lina Asks: How much of your show was inspired by true events?

The show is in no way inspired by true events. This is a completely original and exaggerated story, and you’ll love every extreme minute of it.

THM Bonus Question: If you could play a virtual game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with another FRIGID Show which show would you take on?  And what would you throw?

Virtual Rock Paper Scissors- I’d take on the other Noir show, Scarlet Women, and throw out scissors.

Thanks The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street – for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A.  And for playing our game!  You’re officially SCISSORS.  So you may win TWICE.  Or, not at all.  This is how it works in the crazy world of the VIRTUAL ROCK PAPER SCISSORS TOURNAMENT!

Meanwhile, for the rest of you – don’t forget to check out The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street!

The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street
Written & Directed by Sergio Solorzano
Presented by Blame Your Fate Productions New York, NY
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) $15

Thu 2/24 @ 7:30pm, Sat 2/26 @ 5:30pm, Wed 3/2 @ 10:30pm, Fri 3/4 @ 5:30pm, & Sun 3/6 @ 4pm

FRIGID New York Festival 2011 will run February 23-March 6 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1sr Ave and Ave A). Tickets ($10-$16) may be purchased online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. All shows will run 60 minutes long or less.

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