Tonight is our final performance of Rapture, Blister, Burn, and I am going to be sad to see this beautiful and funny production close.
While we are sold out, you are welcome to try your luck at the door of the theater tonight (many standby have gotten in to other performances). We are playing at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor and curtain is at 7:30 PM.
Favorite line from the play?
Alice says, "You know what they say: your life begins when your mother dies." and later, her daughter, Catherine, says, "I've lived my life alone because I've never been alone."
To me, these lines sum up what is both humorous and heart-wrenching about this story and its character's conflicts.
Favorite feminist (icon)?
Again, I'll pick two:
My mother. She was very engaged and involved in politics and believed in civil service. She instilled me a sense of independence and a strong moral code.
Ruth Simmons. She was the president of Smith College when I went there, and she went on to be the first African American (male or female!) to run an Ivy League university, Brown. She was born in Texas, was one of twelve children, and her father was a sharecropper! I had to opportunity to talk with her a few times when I was a student, and she struck me as a very thoughtful person, intelligent and warm but quietly powerful. She's the coolest.
As a little girl, I remember going to dinner with my family at formal restaurants with white tablecloths and I loved nothing more than ordering Shirley Temple after Shirley Temple. I wasn't big on eating anything, just plowing through a few Shirleys and conking out at the table when the sugar wore off.
These days, I tend to order a glass of bubbly -- basically adult soda. I'm still very much that girl who loves a sweet drink with bubbles. And I still conk out when the sugar wears off.
Thank you to our talented cast, crew, and the wonderful audiences who have come to see our show!
We have 3 shows left to our 9-show run of Rapture, Blister, Burn at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC). While we are officially sold out, standby patrons nearly always get in. Note that it is a 7:30 PM curtain.
Our director, Molly Ballerstein, answered our Q&A about the show... read on!
Favorite line from the play, and why.
Tongue In Cheek Theater produces thought-provoking comedies and my favorite line from this play goes along with that. Every read of the play as well as every time I hear Brittany Anikka Liu as Avery say, "You can't like sex AND campfires?" I laugh.
The line may be masked in comedy but it strikes at a question most humans struggle with at one point in their lives and the characters in this play are no different. Some, such as Avery, are having these thoughts for the first time while others, Alice and Catherine, have been discussing this question for twenty-five years. For me, really what Avery's question is asking is, "Can't we find love/a relationship/a partner (however you chose to define or not define romance and sex in your life) that fulfills us sexually and meets our long-term needs?" That mixed with a little, "How do we define when is too early for sex between two partners?"
If you could swap lives with another living person, who would it be, and why?
For a large chunk of my years as a child and pre-teen, I dreamed of becoming the first female President of the United States. At this moment in time I would absolutely swap lives with Hillary Clinton so I could (knock on wood) experience that dream. To be the woman that really has that moment in the United States when we show American girls that they should dream of being politicians just as much as artists, teachers, lawyers, and CEOS, when we show the world that we too can be lead by a woman, can have the face and voice of the nation be female would be absolutely amazing.
Favorite specialty cocktail? How's it made?
A Dark 'n' Stormy.
2 ounces Dark Rum
4 ounces Ginger Beer
Combine rum and ginger beer in an old-fashioned glass. Add ice and stir. Serve with a lime wedge.