Ten Questions. Ten Answers. And one Big Surprise in the audience …
produced by Con Chocolate
What happens when a boy wakes up to find out that puberty has turned his body into a mustache? Mark Pagán recounts the only coming-of-age story involving Russian lasers, stubble patches, etiquette tutorials, Crystal Waters, treasure trails, cancer scares, clandestine salon visits, father figures, and wax. Lots of wax.
- Wed Feb 17, 2016 | 8:50PM
- Sat Feb 20, 2016 | 5:30PM
- Fri Feb 26, 2016 | 10:30PM
- Sat Feb 27, 2016 | 12:30PM
- Thu Mar 03, 2016 | 7:10PM
UNDER St. Marks New York, NY $10/$12/$15
Answers by Mark Pagán (writer and performer)
1. Forget the PR version. When you’re talking to your friends, how do you explain this show to them?
Mark: Simply, “I’m doing a show about body hair.” And then their head tilts, they smirk, and I think “oh, I got their interest…”
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?
Mark: I hope they’re revealing something to a friend that they’ve never shared before. The first time I opened up about any of the content from this show to a friend, she told me that she bites her toenails when she’s alone. I’d like to foster more private ritual dialogue like that.
3. What drives your show – character, theme or plot?
Mark: I’m more interested in the themes of the show as a major takeaway.
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?
Mark: In the first few versions of this show, I’ve had a recurring comment from women quietly saying, “Thank you, I’ve never heard that side from a man.” Yay! Hearing that feels like some sort of gender coup d’etat.
5. If money and resources (and even reality) were no object what is the most lavish, luxurious, pointless prop, costume, effect – anything – that you would spend money on for this show?
Mark: If Magnum PI era Tom Selleck could show up to do a shirtless musical number, we would’ve hit the lavish jackpot.
6. What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to regarding the FRIGID Festival itself?
Mark: I’m super curious to what people are doing in the same space. With minimal setup and breakdown time, I’m so inspired by what folks accomplish with minimal design and props.
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?
Mark: There are a few reveals at the end that hit differently each time the show is performed. I’m sorry to be so vague but you have to see it to find out the surprises!
8. What’s your favorite line from the show?
Mark: “He moved the car…back to Pittsburgh.”
9. What’s the last thing you usually do before the beginning of a show?
Mark: Sadly, refreshing my Facebook feed on my phone backstage. Other than that, paying attention to voices I hear in the audience and then saying to myself, “oh, Tristan and Amparo made it!”
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?
Mark: Tristan and Amparo because I don’t know anyone with those names.
Oh, Mark, if your show is half as funny as the answer to that last question, you’ve got a hit on your hands.
The rest of you – don’t forget to check out Peach Fuzzy.
Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 10th 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 16-March 6. All shows run 60 minutes, or less. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at http://www.horsetrade.