Ten Questions. Ten Answers. And One Big Decision: Rock, Paper, Or Scissors?
Company: Kelly Haramis
“Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss and One Forever Family,” (directed by David Knoell) a one-woman show by former Chicago Tribune journalist Kelly Haramis, juggles fertility issues, an adoption wait and unexpected deaths. Kelly takes audience members on her quest to have a baby. And introduces them to the world’s most-fertile man. And Penn State parties. And takes them on her journey to China to adopt her daughter. Find out how her hands went from holding a dream to holding two miracles.
- Thurs 2/20 @ 8:40 p.m.
- Sun 2/23 @ 12:30 p.m.
- Wed 2/26 @ 5:30 p.m.
- Sat 3/1 @ 8:25 p.m.
- Tues 3/4 @ 5:30 p.m.
- Thurs 3/6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Answers by Kelly Haramis
1. Your tag line is out there on postcards and press releases so we know the PR version of what this play is about. But when you talk to your family and friends, how do you explain the show to them?
KH: “Double Happiness” is about how I became a mother twice in 6 months. And it’s not your first guess.
2. Here’s a scenario: After the show some audience members go have a drink. What’s the part of the show you hope they’re discussing?
KH: My trip to China in freezing cold January 2007, where I encounter the Communist Party, climb the Great Wall under conditions of serious physical disadvantage, and exorcise the ghost of Richard Nixon.
3. What drives your show – character, theme or plot?
KH: Theme. If by “theme” you mean an astounding spread of intense emotions that remind us what it means to be human.
4. In rehearsals, read-thrus, or prior incarnations, what’s the one thing someone said about the show so far that made you (or the team) the most proud?
KH: “You have a beautiful story. I laughed; I cried.”
5. Let’s fantasize for a moment. Let’s take the “off-off” off. Imagine this show is on Broadway. Would that change the production itself?
KH: The emotional core would stay the same, but I’d love to add professionally produced show tunes and special effects. Is the “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” rigging available? It wasn’t Bono and The Edge’s finest songs, but, hey, I’ll hire them anyway.
6. Taking that one step further – after paying everyone what they’re worth of course, what is the most lavish, luxurious, pointless thing you would spend money on if there was no constraints?
KH: I’d import a section of the Great Wall of China. Yes, there may be some diplomatic hurdles to overcome, so we’ll need to send some serious American monuments over there in payment.
7. Is there a scene, a moment, a gesture … anything at all in the show that you anticipate may get a completely different reaction depending on the audience that night?
KH: The intensity may change, but reactions have been consistent.
8. What’s your favorite line from the show?
KH: “I will deliver my super-seed to you wherever you are.”
9. Is the world of this play sustainable outside a theatre? In other words … do you think people live the way the characters do? Would you want a world where they do?
10. You scan the audience and you see a face that stops you dead in your tracks – who is it? And why are you shocked?
KH: Rita Wilson because she makes Greek actresses’ dreams come true. Or Nia Vardalos. Time to Pay it Forward? [ed note: Rita Wilson is often credited with being the driving force behind Nia Vardalos's movie deal for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time, and for which she served as a producer].
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH
In the THM virtual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament of DEAAAAATH which FRIGID Show do you take on? And what do you throw?
CHALLENGES: Almost a Genius.
THROWS: Scissors, made in the Windy City, Maria Wojciechowski!
Thanks Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2014 Q&A. And for playing our game! You’re officially SCISSORS in any and all challenges. You may win, you may lose – 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 Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family !
Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 8th Annual FRIGID New York Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 19-March 9. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or by calling 212-868-4444.