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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Billy Mitchell, Eddie Capuano, and Bill Graber in Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at Monroe Theatrespace, in Hoboken, NJ from February 10-26.

This hilarious, fun classic is also being directed by Billy Mitchell! Dress up, dress down, or don’t dress at all and take  “a jump to the left, then a step to the right” to enter a world of sexy fun with your favorite cult classic!

The Rocky Horror Show” plays at Monroe Theatrespace, 2nd Floor of the Monroe Center For The Arts (720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ). Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, with extra special Saturday night performances at 11pm. For tickets, click here!

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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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Be sure to catch the directing expertise of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Mitchell as well as the talent of fellow participant Bill Graber in the Attic Ensemble’s production of “Les Liaisons Dangereus” by Christopher Hampton

According to press notes, “Les Liaisons Dangereus” tells a tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution. This classic drama is known for exploring decadent sexuality, morals, and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results.

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” runs from November 12-21. For tickets, click here!

This show does contain adult situations and nakedness.

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Bill Graber is an actor and comedian who has appeared at most theaters and performance spaces below 14th Street: with the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the performance artist Penny Arcade, at PS 122, and LaMama, to name a few. His solo theatrical works have been produced in New York, LA, and London. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared at colleges and comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline’s in NY and The Improv in LA. Graber currently resides in Jersey city where he performs at the Attic Theater Ensemble.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I started peforming at age 6, so I don’t know who that very first influence might have been, a theater angel, I suppose. Later on, however, Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, and Phyllis Diller were all early comic influences.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? It’s a huge list, but I think Nathan Lane and I could tear up a stage together.

3. What is your most embarrassing on-stage experience? Completely forgetting a punch line to a joke while doing stand up. I admitted it, which probably got a bigger laugh than the joke would have received….

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? It doesn’t matter what you do in life, as long as it makes you happy and you do it well.

5. What’s your proudest moment? I’m very shy about singing (unless it’s a comic bit), so when I auditioned for and was accepted to a vocal performance class at the New School.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well I have been known to play my high school fight song on a trumpet followed by an interpretive dance to a television theme song – both in heels.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I alternate, I’m all for moderation. Usually just a tall coffee w/a little milk. During the summer, iced coffee. If I want to shake things up, a latte.

8. Books or Magazines? I dearly love both and worry that the continued advancement in electronic readers will leave us with neither.

9. Favorite website? Most real estate websites, I’m a real estate junkie.

10. “Mary or “Rhoda”? Mary, who didn’t want to live in her apartment? (see above real estate junkie comment)

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite TV Show? It changes, but I am a huge fan of “Lost,” “Queer As Folk,” and the first season of “Twin Peaks.”

12. Favorite play/musical? Love “Rent” and “Angles in America” – defining moments for me.


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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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