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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Brenna Geffers

Posted August 3rd, 2010

In this series, get to know your 2010 Philly Fringe artists a little bit better. Today, meet Brenna Geffers, director of EgoPo‘s Marat/Sade.

Name: Brenna Geffers.

Where do you live now?
12th and Spruce.

Where were you born? The Pocono Mountains.

What’s your show title?
I think it probably the longest title in the whole festival: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, or just Marat/Sade for short.

What was the first thing you stole?
A book about a little family of bunnies that I was reading while I was waiting for my Mother. My mother made me go in and apologize—but I couldn’t understand what I had done wrong. I needed to take the book with me because I hadn’t finished reading it.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Jaegermeister- and I don’t care if you judge me.

What was the last performance you saw?
I saw the closing performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Walnut Street Theater. And I loved it. I am a sucker for that musical. It’s actually the second time I saw it this season, but at a different theater.

What’s your favorite Philly intersection?
2nd and Race. If I am there, it’s probably because I am the Race Street Café after a show with people I love. I love the view of the bridge from there—it makes me feel like I am standing on the edge of the world.

What’s the worst thing you ever did for money?
I was a Subway Sandwich Artist for about 10 hours.

Who’s your favorite Phillies player?
Um . . . did you mean Steelers?

Do you have relatives more famous than you? Who are they?
My grandmother was a dancer on Broadway for the Will Rogers Follies. I have all of these amazing pictures of her. She claimed that it was on her suggestion that her roommate, Lucille Ball, started dying her hair red.

What’s your least favorite country, and why?
I don’t know if I Have a least favorite country? Are you trying to get me to say something un-American? Because that is such a cliché.

Do you own a gun? Have you fired it in anger?
I have never owned a gun, but I am crack shot with Nerf firearms.

Do you have pets? If so, what are their names?
I have a roommate named Robert.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your job be?
I have said in the past that I would like to be a spy—but the truth is I think that sounds too stressful. So instead I would like to be a sailor.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA?
A guy on the train threw up on the legs of me and the girl I was sitting with. I was wearing fishnet stockings, which made it all the weirder. I had to go home and change and I was late to work. Luckily getting thrown up on is always a valid excuse at Theatre Exile.

Marat/Sade will run most nights of the festival; check the show page for specific dates and times. The Sanctuary at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, University City, Philadelphia. $20.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Marat/Sade cast members Mat Wright, Ross Beschler and Joe Canuso with Director Brenna Geffers at Race Street Café, celebrating EgoPo’s last Beckett Side Show Series performance. Photo courtesy of Brenna Geffers.