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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 ┬ádeveloping 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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