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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Whether it’s comedy or drama, Benjamin Holmes is the performer for your show. His many theatre credits include: “Villian: DeBlanks,” “The Pillowman,” “The Athlete, Princess, Pirate, Fairy, Welder, Deep-Sea Diver Club,” “Anonymous, Unknown, and Grimm,” “Bartholomew Fair, NJ,” “A Christmas Carol,” “All in the Timing,” and “Urinetown.” Most recently, Benjamin was seen in “10 Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” written by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kelly Nichols, directed by fellow participant Billy Mitchell and included songs by fellow participant Bobby Cronin, one of seven contributing composer/lyricists (click here for my review). This fall Benjamin can be seen in the Attic, Jr series at the Attic Ensemble in New Jersey (which was also written, directed, and produced by Billy).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well, this will sound a little conceited, but here’s the story: Sophomore year in high school, I went to see the school production of Guys and Dolls. The police inspector (the character’s name escapes me at the moment) was played by this kid named Dan S. Now, Dan didn’t forget his lines or screw up his blocking or anything at all–he was just so incredibly wooden onstage that all I could think as I watched was, I could do that so much better. So I auditioned for the play the next fall, got in, and I’ve been doing it ever since. So thanks, Dan.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I haven’t worked with that it’s hard to narrow it down to one. Since I am the worst theatre person ever and pay so little attention to what’s going on in the theatre world, I guess I’ll just go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He’s incredible in Brick and Mysterious Skin, and, really, everything else he’s in. (Well, the jury’s still out about G.I. Joe.)

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Um…hmm, I’m usually pretty open with my strange and unusual talents. I guess I’m a pretty fair juggler. I can play the ukulele passably. And I can flex a muscle in my palm that I shouldn’t be able to voluntarily flex. So there’s that.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Not at all. The most I’ll do is go over my lines, but even then it’ll usually only be monologues or long speeches or the like. I’ve never been someone who likes to do any warm-up exercises or anything; they always tended to wear me out instead of pump me up. I prefer to just plunge in. And as for decompressing afterward, again, there isn’t much I’ll do. I just kind of like getting out of the theatre as quickly as possible. It’s really nice to see people outside after the show and talk to them a little, but I’m actually quite shy when I don’t know someone, so if none of my friends are there, I’ll just try to fade into the background or leave.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad told me before I went to college never to let anyone pressure me into doing something I didn’t want to do. That’s been pretty helpful.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Probably my sister. She passed away five years ago; it’d be nice to see her again.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Skiing, absolutely. Second favorite is soccer. Or, really, running around kicking a ball, since I really only play with one or two of my friends.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

9. Favorite website? Um…probably the Onion A.V. Club. Such a snarky hipster I am.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Green Lantern. Or maybe The Flash.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’ll ride pretty much everything, so it’s hard to pick just one. I used to like riding the Zipper at the fair in the town where I grew up, even though you really took your life into your own hands when you rode that thing. Various nuts and bolts flew off of it all the time. Fond memories…

12. Books or Magazines? Books. Every time.

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Tonight I saw “Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” which is part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Written by Kelly Nichols and directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Mitchell, this show has many reasons to attend!

This show is fun and identifiable. “Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” tells the story of Katie, a mid-western girl who just moved to NYC and hoping to find love. Katie takes the audience on her journey of dating scenarios which the audience can relate to…from on-line dating to finding out your date is not exactly who you thought you were going out with to getting hit on by the homeless man because you missed your train. Whatever the scenario, you either know someone or you yourself have been through that situation.

To help move the story along is a score of enjoyable songs written by some of today’s rising composers. Some of the more enjoyable ones are written by Jason Purdy and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin. Jason’s song “Worse Things” is very identifiable because dating is very difficult and one can get very sad by it, but now there is Jason’s song to remind that there could be “Worse Things” than bad dates. Bobby’s songs are also identifiable as well as uplifting. “Lucky In Love” is a song that many of us sing in our head as we head out on each first new date, hoping this time it’s going to work out. “You Deserve Better” reminds us that for all the creeps we date, don’t settle for less and lose sight of what you’re looking for deep down because after all YOU are what matters most! “Reasons” (with additional lyrics by Brett Teresa) has Katie searching for why her dates are not working out and gets her starting to look inside herself for the answers.

The scene stealers in this show are Benjamin Holmes as “Homeless Guy” using his pristine facial expressions & body language to bring this character to life, Marvin Riggins, Jr. as “Jon” is very enjoyable as he combines his comedic and puppetry skills together, and Ryan Stadler as the guy who flicks “Katie” off because she won’t go home with him. Last, but certainly not least, is Kelly who stars as “Katie.” In addition to being the book writer of this show, Kelly’s comedic moments are strengthened by her background as a stand-up comedian. When Kelly belts those notes, the audience is listening.

“Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” is a show to see and you have 2 chances left: Saturday, July 24 at 9pm & Thursday, July 29 at 6pm

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Today I saw the Attic Ensemble’s production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Mitchell. I can easily say this show was one of the most riveting pieces of theatre I’ve seen. It’s a gripping, edge of your seat time! “The Pillowman” tells the story of a writer who’s accused of killing the people depicted in his stories. What unfolds is the haunting reality. The dark content of the show may not be for everyone, but to be able to bring such content to life in such an entrancing way is no easy feat. Bill Graber, Benjamin Holmes, William Allgood, and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Eddie Capuano do this job splendidly! Bill brings his genius comedic charm & timing to the role of detective “Tupolski,” while one hopes not to run into William’s tough guy cop “Ariel” in a dark alley. Though I haven’t seen Eddie in many previous roles, I can tell he was born to play the role of “Michal.” His mesmerizing performance made me really sympathize with his character and understand so many of his actions. Benjamin Holmes takes the gold by bringing to life the torture, heartache, & survival that “Katurian” endured which made him into the vivid writer he has become.  Billy’s direction was brilliantly thought out & worked extremely well in the intimate theatre in which the show is housed. For instance there are scenes in which some of “Katurian’s” stories are recounted and while on Broadway, the actors acted these segments out, Billy wisely used puppets to bring these scenes to life. Even though the core subject matter may be hard to digest for some, this production is well worth seeing. “The Pillowman” runs through Sunday, February 28. Remaining showtimes: Thursday, February 25 at 7pm, Friday, February 26 at 8pm, Saturday, February 27 at 8pm, & Sunday, February 28 at 3pm. Tickets are $20.

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