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Tina And Amy: Last Night In Paradise: 10 Things To Know About The Show Before You Go (2014 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 14, 2014

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

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Tina and Amy: Last Night in Paradise

Production Company: SixTee Collective

Before the fame, before the glory, before the drunk texts from Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were really broke. One uncomfortable night in 1997, Tina and Amy are struggling to write the perfect sketch. From the creators of the Frigid Festival 2013’s Best Show, comes this super true, totally not made up story about two iconic women of comedy.

Show Times:

  • Thurs 2/20 @ 7:05pm
  • Sat 2/22 @ 3:40pm
  • Sat 3/1 @ 3:40pm
  • Fri 3/7 @ 10:15pm
  • Sat 3/8 @ 6:50pm

Answers by Antonia Lassar
(co-creator and performer

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?

AL: We say that this play is about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. And then we say, yep it is a play about everything you’ve ever wished for.

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?

AL: First and foremost, we hope they’re talking about how we all look exactly like Beyonce. That’s really our biggest goal with all the work we do here at SixTee Collective. Also, we hope they are muttering about things like, “women in comedy”, “the struggles of the emerging artist”, and “are leggings pants?”

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

AL: Our chauffer Rob. (ba-dum-bump).  Tina and Amy are the leading force of this show. Much like they are of the world. This play is largely about what it means to be women who want to be leaders of the world, and also be funny and stuff.

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?

AL: “Look how many pages long it is!”

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?

AL: First of all, Tina and Amy themselves would be our understudies. We want to give them a chance for a big break. Also, the multiple nude scenes with George Clooney would be back in. We had to cut those scenes because Under St. Marks couldn’t handle the amount of oil we would requested.

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?

AL: All our body lotion in the green room would actually be made of Bono’s performance sweat.

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?

AL: So, there’s this one moment int the script that we’ve written as “eeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooyessssnowhataaaaaghorrrrganiiiiiiiiiicoooooooooooooooooooo
yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssss”. And honestly, we’re just not sure what we mean by that. So, we’re hoping you’ll have some input.

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

AL: “Not to sound all rabid, but I just feel like I hate water.”

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?

AL: Well, the world of this play is a world filled with junk food, low rent housing, and sex dreams about celebrities. It’s as close to an autobiography as you can get.

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?

AL: George Clooney, why are you sitting in the audience??? Get back into the dressing room to prepare for your dance number! You are so late for actor call!!


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:  We take on Basic Help because it’s a cast made of super models.

THROWS:  So we throw scissors like Tonya Harding.

Well, Tina And Amy you were challenged THREE times so far …

- THE CANUCK CABARET threw ROCK – that’s ONE LOSS for you
- East in Red threw SCISSORS – that’s ONE DRAW
- Drag Queen Stole My Dress threw PAPER – THAT’S ONE BIG WIN FOR YOU!

Congratulations, TINA AND AMY on your win! Stay tuned to see what Basic Help threw … since you’re One One and One for each, what happens there will determine your fate!

Thanks Tina and Amy: Last Night in Paradise 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 Tina and Amy: Last Night in Paradise !


Feb 20, 7:05PM
Feb 22, 3:40PM
Mar 01, 3:40PM
Mar 07, 10:15PM
Mar 08, 6:50PM
UNDER St.Marks | $10.00 / $16.00


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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