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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Barbara DiGirolamo

Who are you? Barbara DiGirolamo

What do you do? Co State Director of the ThinkFirst Program at Children’s Hospital & General Manager of The Happy Medium Theatre Company.

Where are you from originally? East Boston

How long have you been working in Boston? my whole life

What’s your earliest theatre memory? My 5th grade Christmas show!

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Mrs. Greer in Annie

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? The Parish Cafe makes an amazing BLT!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Chex Mix!

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I make sure i get some food in my system about an hour before show time

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Being a Boston native & lover of theatre I couldn’t be more excited with the recent expansion of the theatre scene!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Sonya Joyner

Who are you? Sonya Joyner

What do you do? I am an Administrative Assistant by day, and a television, stage and film actor all other times.

Where are you from originally? Boston

How long have you been working in Boston? As an actor? 7 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing Godspell

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Seeing Godspell

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? There’s never enough time before a show for a “best meal” before a show, but I thoroughly enjoyed my burger from Uburger in January!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Twizzlers

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Both

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? There is sooooo much theatre in Boston.  Whether you are a participant or a viewer, there is always an abundance of choices!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Michael Fisher

Who are you? Michael Fisher

What do you do? Voiceover for law students, Freelance stage/screen actor

Where are you from originally? Long Island.  God’s Country.

How long have you been working in Boston? Two years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Dropping the line “Help, mama! Help, papa!” in my first-grade production of The Magic Egg.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Auditioning in the hot and humid YMCA Central Sq theater for The Laramie Project with Bad Habit Productions.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Terribly unhealthy appetizers at Doyle’s after a Sam Adams brewery tour.  No, I wasn’t drunk.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Bananas and blueberry yogurt.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Very little, if any.  I’ve heard unpleasant stories.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Well, you can’t go wrong with alliteration.  No seriously, it’s nice to see any kind of focus on local theatre.

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Oh Oh, Boston You’re My Home

By Debra Wise

The Standell’s had been singing Dirty Water for 13 years before Underground Railway Theater moved from Oberlin, Ohio to the Boston area in 1979.  Our young company adopted the song’s lyrics immediately as both a comic anthem and a sincere pledge to sink deep roots into our new home:

Down by the River…

Down by the banks of the River Charles

(Oh, that’s what’s happenin’ baby)

That’s where you’ll find me

Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves.

(Ahh, but they’re cool people)

I love that dirty water

‘Oh oh, Boston, you’re my home

We had taken the nameUnderground Railway Theater to remind us of what we considered Oberlin’s most significant chapter – that historic moment when students, faculty and townies were united in a truly radical effort to change society.  Our name would be a touchstone, we hoped, to help us pick projects that in some way would contributed toward crossing perceived boundaries – between people, issues, even between intellectual and artistic disciplines.  Boston seemed a good place to explore such a mission:  lots of turf divisions, beginning with that Dirty Water dividing our current Cambridge home from Boston proper.  The centuries-old rich history of Boston and Cambridge is matched by its equally rich present, which finds expression in an amazing variety of cultural communities and a heritage of innovation – both social and scientific.  Many rivers to cross.

We came to Boston to learn from a larger community of artists than we had been able to find in Cleveland.  Since we arrived here three decades ago, the number of Boston area professional theater companies has expanded exponentially– and that is what feeds both Underground Railway Theater and what excites me as an actor and theater artist.  There are so many colleagues here to learn from, so many young companies who, like ours, start out wanting to find a useful and unique voice. An increasing number of theater artists and companies are contributing important new plays and innovative productions to our field, nationally, while we serve an increasingly broader, more diverse, and more sophisticated Boston area theater audience.  We are still finding our unique voice – there is still so much we have to learn from each other.

Debra Wise

Artistic Director, Underground Railway Theater

CoDirector, Catalyst Collaborative@MIT

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Scott Forrest-Allen

Who are you? Scott Forrest-Allen

What do you do? Staffing Coordinator

Where are you from originally? Boston, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? since 1989

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Cats. 1982

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Cats. 1982

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Steak Au Poivre @ the Hampshire House before Cats. 1982

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? soft pretzel

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? after

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Things are alive and well in Boston!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Joey C. Pelletier

Who are you? Joey C. Pelletier

What do you do? I act/direct/write sh*t.

Where are you from originally? Vassalboro, Maine

How long have you been working in Boston? 7 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? 5th grade.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I was an Oompa Loompa and I purposefully pulled off the wig of a fellow OL on stage.  We were friends and I wanted to make her laugh. 

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? auditioning for Brian Tuttle’s All My Upside-Down Roses at Vassar Street.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Steak Frites at Franklin Cafe

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? COFFEE

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I’ll eat whatever you put in front of me, gwurll.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Let’s f*cking do it 🙂

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: John J. King

Who are you? John J. King

What do you do? playwright/director

Where are you from originally? Arlington, Texas

How long have you been working in Boston? 4.5 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing a stage version of Charlotte’s Web at the age of 6 or 7

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? THE MAN WHO… by the Nora Theatre Company.  Still high on my top 5 best shows I’ve seen here.  Saw it the first week I moved here and thought “WOW.  I’ve come to a great place!”

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Raising Cane’s chicken!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? brownies.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I’ll eat about 2+ hours before a show, never closer.

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