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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

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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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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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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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