Five Questions. Five Answers. And one big decision: Rock, Paper, or Scissors?
Love In The Time Of Chlamydia
Company: Hard Sparks
Love In The Time Of Chlamydia is one woman’s search for love in a world full of absent dads, dirtbag boyfriends, and premature ejaculators. Your first time wasn’t weirder – and your best time wasn’t wilder – than writer-performer Nicole Pandolfo’s.
- Thur. 2/23 @ 10:30 PM
- Sat. 2/25 @ 4:00 PM
- Sun. 2/26 @ 4:00 PM
- Wed. 2/29 @ 6:00 PM
- Sun 3/4 @ 5:30 PM
Answers by Nicole Pandolfo
Karen Tortora-Lee’s Question
That’s some title. How did you come up with it – and what does it mean?
Nicole: Well, it started out originally as monologues from the perspective of prostitutes who had seen really weird stuff go down on the job, and it was called Five Fucked Up Fetishes. Then I realized I was using a lot of back story from my own real life – God that sounds bad – and then I was like ‘ok, this is actually going to be a one person show based on my life.’ And then, because there is a vignette with venereal disease, I came up with Sex in the Time of Chlamydia. I came up with that very quickly and it was obviously inspired in its form by the title Love in the Time of Cholera. And then when I was really getting into writing the first draft I realized that even though there was a lot of sex in the piece it was really about love. And it took me a minute for that to sink in. But once it did I decided to stick with Love In The Time Of Chlamydia, and it made it even closer to Marquez’s title, but it just felt right so that’s how it came to be. I think it hints at the way sex is presented in this piece specifically, which is kind of funny, and kind of weird, and it’s sexy but not in a conventional way.
Diánna Martin’s Question
If you were going to invite five people, anyone from past and present, to see your FRIGID show – who would you invite and why?
Nicole: John Leguizamo – I think what he does with one-person shows is amazing. I am a huge fan of his work and I hope he would like this. I invited him last March outside of Ghetto Klown a year ago when I didn’t even know when or where it would be done, just that it would be done, and his bodyguard snatched my business card out of his hand. Bummer! I’ve been trying to get in touch with him to get him invited, but have been having a hard time. So if you know anyone who knows anyone, please let me know!
Chris Farley – I love him and think he is so funny and I think he might like this. I like to do improv and I would have LOVED to do improv with him, though I’m sure I’d never make it through a scene without losing it with laughter. As far as entertainers go I really wish he wasn’t dead.
Patrick Pandolfo – My grandfather. He died when my mom was 12, so we’ve obviously never met, and I really wouldn’t want him to see me talking about sex for 50 minutes, but I’d invite him just for the chance to meet him.
The Ejaculator – Come see the show and you’ll know why.
My future agent – Sign me already!
Antonio Minino’s Question
What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever made for your Art and was it worth it?
Nicole: I think some of the stuff I put out there in this show is actually the biggest sacrifice I have made for my art. It’s really personal and kind of down and dirty if you know what I mean. It’s a very exposed piece and my mom came to a presentation I did of an early script a couple of years ago, and when I think about that it makes my skin crawl. She was totally cool about it and supportive, but I was just like ‘Why did I invite her to this?!’ I really wanted to at the time but in retrospect I’m like…eh, maybe not. I’ve now told all my family they can come when it gets moved Off-Broadway.
Geoffrey Paddy Johnson’s Question
Was there any unexpected discovery made during the development of this production and, if so, can you share it?
Nicole: I have to say being asked to do it with J.Stephen Brantley’s new company Hard Sparks was such a major surprise. I love him and his work and I was so honored to be his new company’s second major production. At the time I was asked I had kind of put it on a shelf in my mind and he brought it to life! Also, in the rehearsal room with director Jonathan Warman I’m finding all kinds of amazing and hilarious moments that I’ve discovered with him.
Michelle Augello-Page’s Question
What do you hope the audience receives from the experience of seeing this show?
Nicole: I hope the audience reflects on their own life, and maybe they’ve had some not so perfect moments growing up and that they think ‘Ok, I was young, and learning, and trying different things…I wasn’t a bad person, I was a kid! I was just trying to figure it out.’ Trying to find love. That’s what it’s helped me do, so hopefully it helps them to do that also. But above all, I hope it entertains them. That’s the whole point of it all really.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH
Thanks Love In The Time Of Chlamydia for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2012 Q&A. And for playing our game! You’re officially ROCK in any and all challenges. And apparently you take on EVERYONE! So far, you’ve already won – by beating Breathe, Love, Repeat who threw scissors. So Congratulations! You may keep winning, you may not – who knows! This is how it works in the crazy world of the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH!
For the rest of you don’t forget to check out Love In The Time Of Chlamydia!
Love in the Time of Chlamydia
Company: Hard Sparks
Directed by: Jonathan Warman
Feb 23, 10:30PM
Feb 25, 4:00PM
Feb 26, 4:00PM
Feb 29, 6:00PM
Mar 04, 5:30PM