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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Jacqueline Goldfinger

Posted July 20th, 2012

A playwright against the idea that to make it is only to make it in New York City, Jacqueline Goldfinger is committed to Philly as the playwright-in-residence at Azuka Theatre Company and a senior lecturer in theater at the University of the Arts. Her work RAW STITCH will be performed at the 2012 Philly Fringe, and with characters such as Miss Coitus Interruptus and Sula Lee, the thoughtful slut, it makes sense that the piece’s target audience is “the enthusiastically inebriated and the sexually active.” We asked Jacqueline to answer our questions, and she did them—she did them hard.

Miss Coitus Interruptus as played by Amanda Schoonover.

Name: Jacqueline Goldfinger.

Age: 34.

Where were you born?
Tallahassee, Florida.

Show Title: RAW STITCH.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old:
You can’t come to the show. And it’s not because you are annoying, it’s because your mom will kill me if I scar you for life.

Do you have children? If so, do you love them?
Yes. And most of the time.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Daisy Duke three-wheeler.

What do you love (or hate) most about Philadelphia audiences?
Love their willingness to get dirty—intellectually or otherwise. If you haven’t made it in a corner at Quig’s Pub, you’re not really into theater in Philly.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria?
Get really fat.

Marvel Comics, or DC?
DC but, specifically, Vertigo.

What’s your favorite nickname for Philadelphia?
The last place we ever moved.

What’s the worst piece of advice you ever received? Did you follow it?
“You don’t need lube for anal sex.” No comment.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA?
Not disgusting but odd. A man carrying a live chicken and talking to it like it’s his child.

A doctor puts a scope inside your ear. What does she see?
Another doctor putting another scope inside the ear of a mini-me and she sees another doctor putting another scope inside the ear of a mini-me and she sees…

Do you have relatives more famous than you?
Yes. My husband is the clarinetist for the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

RAW STITCH runs September 8, 14, 15, 20 and 22 at Quig’s Pub at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, 3rd Floor. All shows 7:00 pm, $12.

–Audrey McGlinchy

Vital Stats Philly Fringe: Steven Weisz

Posted July 19th, 2012

Two MM2 dancers from CONVERSATIONS

Today, meet a human incubator for Philadelphia dance: Steven Weisz is Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal, and Artistic Director of MM2 Modern Dance Company. The company’s 2012 Philly Fringe performance is entitled CONVERSATIONS, so we asked Steven to add to the conversation (ha!) by giving us some Vital Stats — thankfully he was able to take some time away from nurturing Philly dance (oh no, what have we done!) to answer our questions.

Name: Steven Weisz.

Age: Old – well so my dancers tell me.

Where were you born?  New York City.

Show Title: CONVERSATIONS.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old: Ever have a conversation with someone without using words? You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this show.

Do you have children? If so, do you love them? Yes, but they are young adults now. I love them dearly but have thought about putting them up for sale on eBay a few times.

What do you love (or hate) most about Philadelphia audiences?
LOVE: When you win over an audience in Philly it is the best feeling in the world.
DISLIKE: That more Philadelphians do not embrace the performing arts.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria? If it was really good wood oven pizza done the right way with super thin crust and fresh toppings—eat!  Otherwise, would have to sell it off and use the money to fund more dance.

Did you go to college or grad school? If so, where? Yes to both – University of Pennsylvania.

Favorite coffee shop? What do you order? La Colombe. Always a cappuccino or espresso.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? Four male college students who obviously had too much to drink vomiting simultaneously and in unison.

A doctor puts a scope inside your ear. What does she see? Malleus, incus, and stapes.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” or Cookie Monster’s “Share It Maybe”? Cookie Monster – seriously like there is really any other choice.

CONVERSATIONS: A Dialog in Movement runs September 8 at 8:00 pm and September 9 at 2:30 pm at Mount Vernon Dance Space, 1720 Mt. Vernon Street, Spring Garden. $15.

–Audrey McGlinchy

Taste of Infatuation

Posted July 19th, 2012

Tess Stumpf of Infatuation Dance Company writes in with this video giving you a taste of what they were up to at the 2011 Philly Fringe. They’ll be back for the 2012 Philly Fringe Festival with a show called Tickle Me Gray.

Tickle Me Gray runs September 22 at 8:00 pm and September 23 at 6:00 pm at the Independence Black Box at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Center City. $20. Tickets on sale now!

–Nicholas Gilewicz