Tonight is opening night of Rapture, Blister, Burn, TIC's 33rd thought-provoking comedic production.
Get your tickets here: www.tictheater.com and 1-800-838-3006.
We have 9 shows, Oct. 26-Nov. 5 @ 7:30 PM, The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC.
We asked the devilishly charming Patrick Daniel Smith a few questions about the production... read on!
Your character, "Don," drinks a lot. What's your favorite drink?
This is a deceptively complex question, masked as simple small talk. The right alcohol can improve (or destroy) a meal, social situation, or life.
Take, for example, dinner with friends. Most (not all, but most) will be swilling American light beer while trying to enjoy a medium-rare filet at a $400-a-plate restaurant.
On the other end of things, most will not break out a $200 bottle of of wine while rooting for the Jets on a Sunday afternoon, as they finish out their inevitable 6-10 season, destined to watch the playoffs from their couches.
Taking a bottle of George Dickle to your friend's kid's 6th birthday party is probably not the best idea in the world, while white wine spritzers are not really going to cut it at the Tao Club at the Vegas Venetian.
The point is, one's favorite drink should be as flexible as life is varied. That said, a glass of Delirium Tremens can never do you wrong.
What do you have in common with your character?
I like to think I don't have this in common with Don, but to be honest, the more we have worked through the show, the more it scares me that I do. Maybe we all do.
I'm scared by the idea that we see embodied by Don, that you can just become complacent, either out of apathy or the realization that nothing you do matters, and essentially stop trying. At life. Not that Don is a lesser person because of this.
His marriage is slightly below league average, but he appears to be an attentive father. And being a dean of a college, even a less reputable one, is no small feat. But as evidenced by his dynamic with Catherine, he is capable of more.
Getting into this character has caused me to think about what choices I've made, what could have been done differently... it's led to all sorts of internal speculation. ARGH.
What's the most formative book you read in college?
A People's History by Zinn. The idea of looking at the U.S. Civil War from the point of view of Irish immigrants or to stop thinking of Rockefeller and Carnegie as patron saints and look at them as who thy really were (robber barons exploiting the labor force and government), was so different from the reading I did in high school.
For the first time, it made me question the dogmatic faith I had put in other historical texts I had read before. This was a time before pervasive internet content, so one had to actively seek out dissenting voices. Zinn helped me develop a lifelong habit (for better or worse) of looking to question authority, to question commonly-held beliefs as not necessarily accurate or right.
Second choice: Watchmen. Because... awesome.
We open in 2 days, and would love to have you see our production of Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, starring Tracilyn Jones, Brittany Anikka Liu, Jake Lipman*, Patrick Daniel Smith*, and Rochelle Slovin*, directed by Molly Ballerstein and stage managed by Angeline Nortz.
Tickets are $18 at www.tictheater.com and 1-800-838-3006, and the show runs Oct. 26-Nov. 5 @ 7:30 PM at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC.
In the role of "Avery" we are thrilled to have the luminescent Brittany Anikka Liu, who is making her NYC stage debut (although truth be told, she has a very impressive resume, including lots of Shakespeare!).
We asked the brilliant Brittany a few questions about being in this production.
Tell us about "Avery" and what you have in common with her (or not)!
Avery is the outspoken, opinionated student I was always afraid of in college. I was more of a listener in class and usually too nervous to ever disagree. She's very blunt, assertive, and willing to debate others (to fight for what she believes), but at the same time she's quite compassionate and ready to help a friend in need.
On paper, we're similar in that I also went to a liberal arts college where I actually took a course on feminist theory! I believe we also share an intellectual curiosity and love of the F word.
Favorite book you read in college?
I mistakenly read On the Road my sophomore year of college, which sparked my rebellious side, making me want to drop out of school every finals period and live as a nomadic beatnik. I romanticized living on the road, broke, filming a documentary, and seeing the stars at night from every angle. I mean, I still do... It's never too late!
What under-developed talent do you fantasize about resuming?
I've been playing drums since I was little... meaning the numerous times I asked my parents to take me to Guitar Center and all the house parties I attended, I would sneak away to play the drum set.
I've never trained until I took up lessons my last semester of college. My dad just got a free drum set from a neighbor! I'm trying to figure out how to ship it from Cincinnati and make it fit in a "cozy" NYC apartment!
Tongue in Cheek's 33rd production opens in exactly a week, on Wed, Oct. 26 @ 7:30 PM and we'd love it if you caught one of our 9 performances!
Dates: Wed-Sun Oct. 26-30 and Wed-Sat Nov. 2-5 @ 7:30 PM
Venue: The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC
Tickets: $18 at www.tictheater.com or call 1-800-838-3006
The show is about three friends from grad school who reunite in their forties, and latent desire and drinking make for an interesting brew between them. Actress Tracilyn Jones plays the show's star, Catherine Croll, whose academic career is the envy of all her friends. We asked the talented Traci a few questions about being a part of this production.
What, if anything, do you and Catherine have in common?
Initially, I thought Catherine and I were nothing alike.
I can say in 5 words what takes her 100. I like to simplify rather than elaborate. Granted, my thoughts might be a novel, but most of the time, I say very little. The word "Feminism" is not in my lexicon. Not that I don't care, it's just not my go-to subject. I hate horror films. I think they're stupid.
But, on the flip side, every role I've done finds me at the right time in my life, and the more I delve into Catherine's life and work ethic, I see some overlap.
As a self-portrait artist, if I were to paint Catherine, our organs would be the same colors: royal blue, gem tones, and red. Red is always easy to work with as a painter because it conjures up pain, blood, and the opposite, LOVE. I am drawn to her passionate preparation for a lecture; it's the same as my staying up all night adding high gloss shine to an art piece with a toothpick. In this way, we are two peas in a pod, swimming--maybe drowning--in our life's work.
Favorite line in the play?
Don says to Gwen, "Go get happy."
This reminds me of my favorite spoken words of all time, by Morgan Freeman's character in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.
He says, "Get busy living, or get busy dying. Goddamn right!"
Most every character in this show drinks, A LOT. Favorite cocktail?
Here's my Bad Ass Margarita recipe. (It's like a crime scene, it's so bad. Like CSI-David Caruso-Miami crime scene!)
1.5 oz Casadores Tequila
.5 oz Grand Marnier
2 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz agave syrup
.5 oz orange juice
2 slices muddled jalapenos
(Shake hard in a metal tin and strain into a sea salt rim martini glass.)
Thanks, Traci! Get your tickets now!