Five Questions. Five Answers. And One Big Decision: Rock, Paper, Or Scissors?
Company: Rising Sun Performance Company
Evan, a woman’s studies major, is writing a killer senior thesis– by becoming a stripper at her favorite strip club. In between her current girlfriend, a stripper-lesbian, and her ex boyfriend, an unemployed Tisch graduate, Evan dances the line between love and betrayal. A comedy about what it really means to be ‘in love with a stripper’ and what it means to become one.
- Wed 2/22 @ 11pm
- Sat 2/25 @ 6:30pm
- Mon 2/27 @ 11pm
- Thu 3/1 @ 8pm
- Sat 3/3 @ 3:30pm
Answers by: The Whole Gang!
(Because we’re an ensemble company,
we’re gonna answer this ensemble style!
Everyone’s got a little something to say!)
Karen Tortora-Lee’s Question
That’s some title. How did you come up with it – and what does it mean?
Kate Foster (The Playwright): The title was the joke that fit. When I was writing the play, I would tell interested parties I was writing about strippers and lesbians. People kept on giving me the classic double-take, so I had a feeling Stripper-Lesbians was onto something.
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?
Joe Beaudin (Actor, Role of DJ): Bono – Because I love him and he is a rock star and very famous
My Grandma – Because she was sassy and would appreciate the “material”
My friends Dina & Amy – because they are lesbians.
My wife – because she is my wife and she usually comes to these things.
My soon-to-be-born child – because she/he needs to see what her/his father LOVES to do.
Its important to note that Kate & Samantha both want to invite Hugh Hefner just because.
Antonio Minino’s Question
What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever made for your Art and was it worth it?
Jeff Woodbridge (Director): I sold or gave away everything I owned, except some clothing, and moved to New York with no job waiting, no apartment lined up, and very little money. Just went because I knew this is where I wanted to make theater and it has been the best move ever. I’m not sure I would really call the things I’ve done for my art ‘sacrifices’ because everything always works out for the best. It’s more like taking a leap of faith and trusting that everything will be fine.
Geoffrey Paddy Johnson’s Question
Was there any unexpected discovery made during the development of this production and, if so, can you share it?
Amanda Berry (Actress/Role of Evan): Oh my gosh, so many. The one that was most surprising to me was that originally DJ and Evan were just roommates and best friends. However, at some point during the development – and I’ve totally forgotten how this came about – someone brought up that they felt that there was something more to that relationship, that they had previously dated. This just added so much to the piece as a whole, in that it expanded DJ’s character and motivations, it gives Aisha more to play off of, and it makes Evan’s story into that of someone who’s questioning her sexuality and who is dealing with her first homosexual relationship. That one change just added heaps to the text and it gives us as actors a much stronger emotional base to play on.
Michelle Augello-Page’s Question
What do you hope the audience receives from the experience of seeing this show?
Samantha Cooper (Actress, role of Aisha): I found that I had my own issues with strippers and stripping that I had to let go of. I started out judging Aisha and that is a trap for an actor. I think I learned a bit of what Aisha wants Evan to realize – that a person cannot be defined by her occupation. I hope it makes them think about gender roles, the complications that can arise in relationships – perhaps it will make them take a look at their own relationships. And maybe, like me, the play will challenge people’s ideas about stripping. Questions are always a good thing. And discussions about the questions are even better.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH
Rising Sun: We just want to be friends with all the other shows, hugs no thugs.
Adorable! You’re like teddy bear stripper lesbians – the best kind. Still, there’s no backing out of this one because you were a very, very popular opponent and we think those who challenged you deserve to have their day in the Rock Paper Scissors arena! So … FIRST we are going to randomly choose your opponent for you. Promise, this is REALLY random. Here we go to The Randomizer. Flippity Flip … your random opponent is The Traveling Musicians. And your random throw is … PAPER!
So Round One: Stripper Lesbians (Paper) versus The Traveling Musicians (Rock) — WIN!
Round Two: you were challenged by Love In The Time Of Chlamydia who threw ROCK at everyone. That’s another WIN!
Round Three: you were challenged by Initium/Finis who also threw ROCK at everyone. Another WIN!
Round Four: you were challenged by Daughters of Lot who threw SCISSORS. OOOOFF. That’s a Deaaaaath ….
Round Five: you were challenged by Big Plastic Heroes who thew PAPER. That’s a TIE.
Round Six: you were challenged by Scratch and Pitz who threw PAPER (in the form of $1 and $5 dollar bills). That’s another TIE!
Congratulations, Stripper Lesbians! Six rounds, Three Wins, Two Ties and only One Loss. And, I would be willing to bet, some hugs in there too from all your Frigid Friends.
Thanks Stripper Lesbians for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2012 Q&A. And for playing our game! You’re officially PAPER in any and all challenges. You may win again, 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 Stripper Lesbians!
Stripper Lesbians Company: Rising Sun Performance Directed by: Jeff Woodbridge Feb 22, 11:00PM Feb 25, 6:30PM Feb 27, 11:00PM Mar 01, 8:00PM Mar 03, 3:30PM $15.00 The Red Room
The 2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL will run February 22-March 4 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 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets to all shows may be purchased online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.