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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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Memphis’ Ostrander Award Winning actor, Mark Mozingo is another one of our up and coming performers on the rise…Hailing from Kentucky, Mark moved to NYC to pursue his dream and has been working it ever since. His Off-Broadway credits include: Prospect Theatre Company’s production of “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge” (book by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Cara Reichel), and “Tock Tick,” “The Hidden Sky,” and “Alley of Masks” (Wings Theatre). Regionally, Mark has starred in “The Graduate,” “Take Me Out” (Memphis’ Ostrander Award Best Supporting Actor), “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Foreigner,” and “States of Independence” (written and directed by Tina Landau/Ricky Ian Gordon).  He was also an original company member of Judith Blazer’s The Artists Crossing. Mark is currently entertaining folks upon a cruise ship around Hawaii, but stay tuned because when that ship docks, he’ll be lighting up the stage again soon!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? If I had to pick on specific “who” it would definitely be my high school drama teacher, Vanessa Rogers, who happened to also be my mother’s best friend…she really encouraged me from a young age to perform every chance I got.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I can sing four octaves, with falsetto, starting from the F in the bass clef up to the F above high C.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are way too many to name just one. Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Terrence McNally, Jack Nicholson, and Stephen Sondheim. And there are a few dead people I’d love to have worked with, too…Judy Garland, Anne Bancroft, Elvis…to name just a few.

4. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? Before a show I have to exercise…and then meditate right before curtain. How do you decompress after a show? Depends on the show usually, but I love to have a drink.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Well I was a competition Irish Step Dancer for 4 or 5 years, but that’s not too big of a secret. Every talent I have has been exploited.

6. Favorite skin care product? Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 Moisturizer for Men.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? The Insanity workouts, or a good spin class.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Definitely briefs.

9. Favorite website? dlisted.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Plant a te” from Judy Blazer, which is an Italian phrase which basically means to “plant yourself.”

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Yikes, I can’t admit who I’d like to dream about…I’d love to stop dreaming about some people.

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"Once Upon a Time in New Jersey" Photo: Richard Termine

 

Award winning director Cara Reichel is a theatre professional to work with! She is the Producing Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company and in 2002 she received the “Lucille Lortel Award” for Emerging Women Artists from the League of Professional Theatre Women, an organization she now serves as Vice-President of Communications. Cara’s numerous directing credits include “Iron Curtain” (for which she won the 2006 Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Production of a Musical” and received an IT Award nomination for “Outstanding Director”), “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” “Honor,” “The Rockae,” “The Pursuit of Persephone,” “Illyria,” “The Flood,” and “Othello.” Cara’s currently represented by the new Off-Off-Broadway musical comedy “Once Upon a Time in New Jersey” at The Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street in NYC). For more on Cara, be sure to visit http://www.carareichel.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? Probably my father…he was a pastor and loved to tell stories, and so I grew up in an environment where I was frequently seeing the “behind the scenes” putting together of the Sunday morning event. I have always been very interested in the connections between religious ritual and theater performance. Even more than directing, I think he influenced me in my desire to build a theater company and supportive community of artists.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I don’t think I can name just one person! Of course, there are lots of actors that I’ve thought it would be fantastic to work with on developing a project – great actors can bring so much into the process of creating a musical.  And, Mark Wing Davey’s and Bartlett Sher’s work has continued to inspire me in my career so I’d love the opportunity to be able to be up-close on one of their productions someday.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Writing fiction. I actually published a children’s book when I was in high school…and I still hope to come back to this someday! For now I prefer the collaborative creativity of theater-making, rather than the more solitary version of writing stories.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? No…perhaps I need to cultivate one. I do make a mean coconut cake, but people know about it.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I end up going to Starbucks more often, frequently I get a Chai Tea Latte. However, I definitely prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

6. Favorite store to shop in? I rarely have time to go shopping…but when I do I’m definitely a bargain hunter. Sometimes when I’m visiting my in-laws I really love SYMS. It’s kinda like a treasure hunt. And of course there’s nothing like an hour or two exploring the Drama Book Shop!

7. Favorite skin care product? Ummm…I use this organic peppermint oil shampoo which really gives your brain a kick in the mornings. Does that count?

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Day off? What’s that? When I do manage to carve out time for a “personal sabbath” I love sleeping in, taking a walk in Riverside Park, cooking dinner at home — in the summer I really love watching the sunset while having a relaxing drink at the Hudson Beach Cafe.  Any time away from email I can get!

9. Favorite website? Aside from the two websites I try to maintain, www.ProspectTheater.org and www.CaraReichel.com— I need to be doing more with them! — I spend a lot of time at www.tdf.org. I also followed author Robin McKinley’s blog for a while, less so lately.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

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