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Óscar Tango-Bravo: 10 Things To Know About The Show Before You Go (2014 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 11, 2014

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Ten Questions. Ten Answers. And One Big Decision: Rock, Paper, Or Scissors?


Óscar Tango-Bravo

Temerity Theatre Co.

A comic look at conspiracy theories and the people who believe in them, in light of 20th Century events like the Cuban Sandwich Crisis. Do you have what it takes to be a would-be revolutionary? Señor Óscar Tango-Bravo runs the world his way.

Show Times:

  • Wed 2/19 @ 8:40 PM
  • Sun 2/23 @ 5:15 PM
  • Thu 2/27 @ 7:05 PM
  • Sat 3/1@ 12:30 PM,
  • Sat 3/8 @ 3:40 PM

Answers by Ed Malin (Playwright)

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?

EM: -I refer to some jokes about the “Cuban Sandwich Crisis” for fun, and see if this prompts them to revisit some historical events and challenge the version of the story they have received from the media.

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?

EM:“You are Mistaken” – a poem about disgusting situations that make complete sense in retrospect

3. What drives your show – character, theme or plot?

EM: It’s the theme: why do people believe conspiracy theories?

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?

EM: Wow, history isn’t usually that funny

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?

EM: Hopefully more people equals more laughter, but it is a show with many scenes and basic production values.

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?

EM: Nice suits for the people who secretly control the world, perhaps

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?

EM: Eating a plastic rat.

8. What’s your favorite line from the show?

EM: There is a scene of translating doublespeak for female consumers in the Chinese market.
Illogical hormonal decisions = acting like Chairman Mao.

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?

EM:Perhaps a lot of people have sad, inner reasons from their childhoods for believing in conspiracies. That is something to approach with empathy.

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?

EM: -I don’t know, perhaps an activist or celebrity who may borderline fit the type of person in the play who believes in conspiracy theories.


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:  Shooting Abe

scissorsTHROWS; scissors

CHALLENGED BY: THE CANUCK CABARET who threw Rock and A List of Irrational Fears for Future Leaders of the World who also threw Rock. Could this possibly be a conspiracy, Óscar Tango-Bravo?  Because your sharp double knives have been CRUSHED, SMASHED and PULVERIZED not once but TWICE by your two Challengers.  And Shooting Abe also threw Scissors so the best you get there is a DRAW.

Thanks Óscar Tango-Bravo 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 Óscar Tango-Bravo !


Feb 19, 8:40PM
Feb 23, 5:15PM
Feb 27, 7:05PM
Mar 01, 12:30PM
Mar 08, 3:40PM
UNDER St.Marks | $8.00 / $10.00


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 or by calling 212-868-4444. 

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