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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.


    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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Michael Hirstreet is another writer and performer on the rise…he is the co-founder of Dreamstreet Productions and recently wrote and performed in “The Gay Test” as part of the Short Play Lab. His other NY Theatre credits include “Wired,” “Working It Out” (FRIGID Festival), “Animals” (2007 FringeNYC and George Street Playhouse), “The Art of the Pick-Up” (Riant Theatre), and “War in Paramus” (HB Playwrights Foundation). Michael is in the midst of ¬†developing the “Garage Band Project,” a new musical being created with producer Ken Davenport as well as starring in his witty, humorous, and heartfelt one-man NYC Fringe Show “My Broken Brain” (click here for my review) which runs through August 28 at the Players Loft (115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor, NYC). For more on Michael be sure to visit http://michaelhirstreet.blogspot.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? George Carlin, John Leguizamo, and seeing “Phantom of the Opera” at 9 years old.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? The Situation, we seriously need to do a buddy cop movie together.

3. If you could perform alongside anyone, who would it be? Martin Short, he’d be the perfect person to play my dad.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m really good at NFL2K3 on Xbox.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Definitely Starbucks, I’m a vegan, and Starbucks lets me order my Grande Decaf Soy Cinnamon Dulce Latte.

6. Favorite meal? Arroz Con Frijoles y Platanos, my Ecuadorian half controls my taste buds.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I have a really fast metabolism, so I try to eat anything vegan I can to stay alive.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

9. Favorite website? mybrokenbrain.net and playbill.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman because she’s the one with the lasso, does anyone know where I can get one of those?


11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Gordon from Sesame Street, he has a calming effect on me.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Anything that comes out my girlfriend/ director Leah Benavides’ mouth. She’s the life behind My Broken Brain and my partner in everything.

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Today I saw “My Broken Brain” at the NYC Fringe Festival. Written and performed by Michael Hirstreet and directed by Leah Benavides, “My Broken Brain” tells Michael’s coming of age story as he struggles to fit in. From falling in love with the wrong girl to straying from his best friend JC, to having his brain explode, literally, Michael has lived.

Using multi-media effects in addition to his acting, Michael engages the audience from the moment the show starts. He takes us on his journey of growing up in New Jersey with the struggles to fit in to being diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), after his first brain explosion. AVM is a condition in the brain resulting from an abnormal connection between the arteries and the veins in the brain.

If you’re looking for a show with wit, humor, and heart, then I suggest going on Michael’s journey in “My Broken Brain” playing at The Players Loft, 3rd Floor (115 Macdougal Street in NYC). Remaining performances: Mon 8/16 at 7pm, Sun 8/22 at 9pm, Fri 8/27 at 5:45pm, Sat 8/28 at 10pm

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