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With a captivating voice and a commandment of the stage, Jenny D. Green is a performer to watch. Just having finished up a run in Manhattan Theatre Source’s “Billy Carver and The Children In Mind” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Stuart Williams and Lauren Roth), Jenny is already back in a new show there called “Kill The Bid.” Jenny also starred in Manhattan Theatre Source’s production of “The Crucible.” Her other stage credits include “Rhesus” (American Thymele Theatre) and “Elizabeth in Tidings” (Storm Theatre). Be sure to catch Jenny in “Kill The Bid” at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street, NYC) through August 7. Tickets are $18.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I cannot remember a time when I did not want to be an actress. My Mum (and family, and even some friends) did virtually everything they could to dissuade me, and I did several (dozen) ‘proper jobs’ before allowing myself to fully follow my dream.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I admire that I have not had chance to work with. But since my first love is comedy and my comedy heroines are Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, I guess I would have to plump for them!

3. Do you have any rituals that you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? I really need at least 30 mins of relaxation and vocal warm-up time in the space before a show. I decompress with a delicious cup of booze.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? A handsome prince, who can make me laugh and keep me in style.

5. What’s the best advice someone ever gave you? er…I don’t really follow advice (see answer to Q1), but I seek wisdom in everything, especially yogi tea labels, Sweet Muse Brownie inserts and Fortune Cookies.

6. Books or Magazines? Both are the greatest escapes and educations.

7. Favorite TV Show? I don’t really have a current fave, but feel like I’d love most things on HBO (which I can’t afford). I used to love all sorts of American imports to the UK, from Wonder Woman to the Waltons, and now I really enjoy things like “Reno 911” and “Mad Men.”

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? By the water.

9. Favorite website? Does Google count?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I would like to shag Superman and be Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? Just about the only store I now shop in is Park Slope Food Co-op, but I would love to be able to afford to shop in Liberty’s of London.

12. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I’m not really a great fan of either. I think their coffee is crap, but at least Dunkin do good deals and Starbucks does have a fair few tempting treats.

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With the charisma, good looks, and most of all talent, Stuart Williams is yet another rising actor to take notice of! Originally from West Sussex, Stuart was uprooted to Texas at a tender age and, as a result, says things like ‘Cheerio, Y’all’ and ‘Howdy, Mate’. He studied drama at Syracuse University in New York State and is now based in New York City where some of his favourite credits include “Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco,” the US premier of Tim Firth’s “Safari Party,” and Mind the Gap’s BritBit series of shorts. In March, he returned from London after performing in “Durang Durang” at the Jermyn Street Theatre (also in association with Mind the Gap). He can currently be seen in Montserrat Mendez original full-length piece “Billy Carver and the Children in Mind” at Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC through July 24, and in December, be sure to catch Stuart at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in “Parenting 101,” a comical, musical look at the joys of family life which will run through March 2011.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? No one person in particular. It was a calling, really. Like the priesthood but with better costumes.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Far too many to name. Everyday I hear about an inspirational artist that I’ve never heard of. It’s very exciting!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Several, but if list them all here how will shine at parties?

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Linklater is my pre-show go to. Her work has proven to be invaluable to me. Afterwards I just like to relax, whether at home or with friends. Talking about anything but theatre.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? ‘You have such a gift. That’s what you can give. Don’t give away your heart, you need it for your gift.’  Well…advice with a slice of encouragement from my angel Jessica Kelly.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My nephews. I wish I could see them more often.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do enjoy a work out, but dancing is ten times more fun!

8. Boxers or Briefs? Under Armour! I’d be lost without you!

9. Favorite website? Pandora. You always know what I’m in the mood for.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Clark Kent. No one looks good in all that spandex.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Laying/Playing in the grass with my beagle.

12. Favorite ride at an amusement park? The tallest, biggest, fastest one!

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With stage presence and the gift of comedic timing, Lauren Roth is a performer worth watching! Her New York stage credits include “Sex and Violence” (Mint Theater), “Tape” (Medicine Show Theater), “Donnie Darko” (Theater 3), “Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream” (New Federal Theater), “Big Naked Feet” (Riant Theater), and “White Pickett Fences” (Columbia University). Most recently, Lauren has performed and written sketch comedy with “Chocolate Cake City” and “We Make The Funny” and studies improvisation with Upright Citizen Brigade and The P.I.T. Lauren can currently be seen as “Priscilla Margot Saunders” in “Billy Carver and The Children In Mind” at Manhattan Theatre Source through July 24!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? There is a 9 1/2 year age difference between my brother and I. In a time before DVR, he used to record episodes of Saturday Night Live on a VHS tape so he could re-watch them throughout the week. Watching those videos with him as a kid and seeing people running around in costumes and wigs making folks laugh was the first time I remember thinking, “I want to do that.”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Woody Allen. I live for his films.

3. Do you have any rituals that you need to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Before a show, I warm up my voice and do some stretches on the stage while listening to music. Every character I portray gets their own play list on my I-pod…listening to songs that for whatever reason make me feel like the person I am playing is really useful. After a show, there is really nothing specific that I do to decompress….unless you count the long train ride I usually have going home.

4. Do you have any strange and unusual talent that no one knows about? I know every word to every line of the movie “The Three Amigos.”  I can recite it forwards and backwards.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Just take the f*cking note,” and “an actor should never get a tattoo…not even on their labia.” Both bits of wisdom I picked up from professors in college.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? The Muppets. I think it would be a lot of fun to hang out with them.

7.  Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks, venti drip with room for milk.

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? I am a huge film nut, so I like to go to the movies when I can on a free day. However, I usually use my days off to “G.S.D” (get sh*t done.)

9. Favorite website? I really want to say something that makes me sound super intelligent here, but the honest answer is either Perez Hilton or the entertainment page on “Huffington Post.” I like being constantly updated on Mel Gibson’s racist ranting and Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, all the way. Her special power is the ability to make a man tell her the truth whilst tied up and she handles a costume change like no one else can!

BONUS QUESTION:

11. Favorite skin care product? I am in love love love with Weleda’s Foot Balm. It is like a cup of coffee for tired feet!

12. Favorite kind of shoes? Really well worn-in Converse low tops.

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On Tuesday, July 6,  I saw the very first performance of “Billy Carver and The Children In Mind” at Manhattan’s Theatre Source, written and directed by MontSerrat Mendez, the award-winning writer of “Thoroughly Stupid Things.” This British comedy tells the story of Joannie Roman Redd, a successful writer of the “Billy Carver” series who thinks of giving up her career after the reviews of her latest book suggest she put her stories on the big screen. The farce that ensues from there is one that makes you laugh, while wondering what will happen next. Written in three days and with only three weeks of rehearsal, the whole cast of “Billy Carver” should be applauded big time for their hard work, dedication, and effortless chemistry displayed on stage. Some of the best moments, for me, come from Stuart Williams who plays “Joannie’s” assistant “Tristan,” Lauren Roth as Hollywood starlet “Priscilla Margot Saunders,” and of course Jenny D. Green who stars as “Joannie Roman Redd.” Each one of them commands the stage when on it. Stuart’s facial expressions and body language captivated me as I couldn’t wait to see what look or move he would do next to end his dialogue. Lauren’s spot on comedic timing and inflection added much comic relief to the show and constantly reminded me of why there is such love for her character. Jenny engulfed the part of “Joannie,” perfectly portraying the writer who is dedicated to her craft of language and literature, the conflicted woman who is torn between two lovers, and the business woman who is not sure what route to go.

If you are looking for a show that is packed with dedication, talent, and love, then I suggest you go see “Billy Carver and The Children in Mind” at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street, NYC), but you should hurry because this limited run ends July 24! Showtimes are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by clicking here!

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