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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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Photo Credit: Raj Sarma

A two-year recipient of the Fezana Performing Arts Award, Farah Bala is another performer on the rise! She just completed a triumphant run in “Tales From The Tunnel,” playing multiple characters and nationalities to perfection (Farah was captivating as she embodied each character she was playing). Her one woman show “To The Death of My Own Family,” has toured both stateside and internationally. Her other theatre credits include “Macbeth,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “167 Tongues,” “Letters to Baghdad,” and “Fear Up.” On television and in film, Farah has lit up the screen in “Entre Nos,” “The War Within,” (Independent Spirit Award Nominee), “Karma, Confessions and Holi,” and has been seen in a number of TV Series on the South Asian Channel, HUM TV.

When not performing, Farah can be found bringing her expertise and experience to the classroom. Over the past 10 years Farah has designed, developed, and facilitated workshops in the NYC Public schools through various arts organizations, specializing in programs such as Drama Therapy, Violence Prevention, Literacy and Playwrighting, and most recently, bringing Shakespeare into the classroom!

Up next, Farah will be starring in “Around The World In 80 Days” directed by Aaron Posner at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware from December 1-19. For much more on Farah be sure to visit http://www.farahbala.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? That would be my brother. I grew up watching him star in his annual school plays in Bombay and remember looking at the mirror the next day imagining I was on that stage! My mother has this great story of when I was a kid and we would watch movies or TV shows at home, she says it was always more entertaining watching me coz I would be so involved emotionally that my facial expressions were more interesting than what was happening on screen.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oh gosh, where do I start? Its hard to pick just one. I’d love to work with Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, two amazingly talented Indian actors who I grew up watching on stage and on screen. And I’d probably freeze and become completely immobile, but it would still be worth doing something with Meryl Streep.

3. Do you have any rituals that you must perform before a show? Hmm, I don’t know if its a ritual, but I do like some quiet time to run through the show in my head. It also helps to do some light stretching and a good vocal warm up. How do you decompress after a show? After a show it really depends . . . During the run of ‘Tales . . .’ I noticed I was always starving after every show, so a big meal was essential! Sometimes a drink with the cast and friends is the perfect end, and then there are times when all I want to do is go home and read or watch TV.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Put an American, an Indian, and a British person in front of me and I will have a conversation with them and switch accents according to who I’m talking to. Its crazy and most often I’m not even conscious of it. People point it out to me. Carla Corvo, who is also in Tales From The Tunnel says my accent is a rainbow!

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Neither. I’ll be at the cute corner coffee shop that has the most delicious cupcakes! I don’t drink caffeine but my sweet tooth is TROUBLE!

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? In my ideal world, the best way would be to dance the nights away to my favorite tunes. In the real world I enjoy yoga, spinning and what I call ‘The Laine Workouts’ – Laine D’Souza is a dear friend and also the best trainer EVER.

7. Favorite skin care product? Philosophy has some divine body emulsions!

8. Favorite kind of shoes? The kind that are 3 inches or higher! Farah in a shoe store is like a kid in a candy store!

9. Favorite website? I absolutely love www.radioparadise.com. Its an online radio site with a live DJ and awesome mixes all day long.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would love to be in the same room as some of the kids I’ve taught over the years, and see if the miniscule time we spent in their lives exposing them to the arts and the theater, has had an impact on who they are today, and has shaped what they will become.

12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? There have been many, but as an artist, this one resonates with me the most – “Go after your dream, but don’t forget to live life to the fullest and in the present moment.”

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“Tales From The Tunnel” IS BACK! I was fortunate enough to attend the official opening night show and after-party on Sunday, July 25, 2010. A smash hit at last year’s Fringe Festival, “Tales From The Tunnel” is now enjoying its official Off-Broadway run and the show is just as enjoyable, if not more!

Written and directed by Troy Diana and James Valletti, “Tales From The Tunnel” is a fresh, new, and entertaining show about everyday people’s lives riding the subway. Compiled from hundreds of interviews with real subway riders, just like you and me, “Tales From The Tunnel” is relatable and while a particular story being shared may not be your own experience, it’s the experience of someone you know which makes you able to identify with it. The cast, compiled of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Wilson Jermaine Heredia, along with Brandon Jones, Vayu O’Donnell, Geri Brown, Sam Rosenberg, Maria Silverman, Carla Corvo, and Farah Bala, should be applauded for how well they work together and play off of each other.

Some of the more humorous stories are:

  • The various stories from the subway station booth conductor who tells her tales of late night life station activity, like how she always has an $20 on her for the “Saturday Night Girl” who comes in begging to be let through because she has no money from the fight she just had with her boyfriend
  • A woman is sitting on the subway on a really hot summer day in a dress, the lights go out, and she feels something licking her legs and as she’s waiting for the lights to come back on she’s imaging it’s some crazy guy getting off, but to her delight, it’s a seeing eye dog.

Some of the more touching stories are:

  • Hearing about the guy who got injured on the job, was out of work, lost his girlfriend, and became homeless because he couldn’t work and was living in the tunnels, but still had his spirit of knowing that he would be getting back on his feet
  • The story of a woman who’s life was saved went to work via subway on 9/11, but when the subway pulled into the stop underneath the World Trade Center, the passengers on the platform told everyone to stay on the train and the subway backed out of the station and transported everyone to Times Square
  • Recounting a subway ride on September 11, 2006, 5 years after the World Trade Center attack and having the subway conductor remind riders of what they would have seen if they rode the subway 5 years earlier on September 11, 2001.
  • The story of a gay son at the Gay Pride Parade and seeing a mom on the subway with a huge sign “I Love My Gay Son” and how it resonated with him because he lost him mom some years before, but he felt as though his mom was there with him when this woman looked over
  • A subway ride that involved a homeless man coming on the subway and saying how “it’s so cold, it’s so cold, it’s so cold” and one compassionate rider giving the homeless man his coat.

From humorous to touching, everyone should come hear the “Tales From The Tunnel” at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. Showtimes are Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm. For tickets, click here!

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