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Weekly Round-Up 3.4

It’s Tuesday night, friends! So it must be Lather Rinse Repeat time. On Feb 25th, we heard Mariah MacCarthy’s new play Sweet Fantasy or the Insomnia Play (possible new title: “Safeword”). Lots to talk about in this one…sex and domination and trust and intimacy and the possibility of healing. The gang dug into the work with zeal, prompting lots of interesting discussions like:

1)     What are the rules of “Strip Board Games” nights, and can you play “Strip Risk”

2)     How you might have to register for a china set when you get married, whether you want it or not.

3)     What are the challenges and advantages of a 45 min “real time” play.

4)     Where would you write your safeword, and what could it be (Jen B writes hers on her palm)

5)     Can a single mom be a sexual being, and how hard is that to accomplish

6)     And the topic of all topics: Masturbation while female (yeah, it was a fun night)

In addition to these topics, we also learned of everyone’s favorite sandwich options, and who might be compatible “sandwich friends”. This was partly brought on by the food in the room, and yes at a LRR event, there was plenty of eating and drinking. Our guest star Denise Lum was in attendance from the Philly Fringe to witness all of this creative magic.

Mariah’s draft is already a tense, sexual, erotic play full of empathy and the need for more that the physical. It was often mentioned during feedback that the play is super compelling and intimate. Skin plays an interesting part in it, in terms of what is exposed and what is kept hidden from each other. And as usual for LRR, we had two terrific actors reading the play which elevated the material even further.

Til next time…

#selfies 2.8 ACTOR EDITION Jacob H. (with questions by Tim E.)

Tim E. got  chance to connect with actor Jacob Horstmeier recently,  and all of Jacob’s deepest secrets are revealed in this week’s episode of SELFIES 2.0.

#selfie 2.0  is an interview series where Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights interview the actor ensemble for their next night of short plays.  Playwrights have free reign over the questions. The interviewee must then post an actual selfie, because we told them to.

Tim E: Where were you born and raised? What’d you like to do as a kid?

Jacob H: I was born in Madison, WI and raised in Random Lake, WI, a town of about 1500 people.  I have three siblings, two older brothers and one younger sister, and while growing up our favorite pastime was breaking any and all rules our parents left us with for the day.

Tim E: Nice. And how’d that lead into you get into theater and acting?

Jacob H: I was introduced to acting by our local community theatre’s summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was a part of the children’s chorus and after finishing that experience I thought maybe this was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

Tim E: As you’re a native to Madison, I need to know: Favorite picnic salad: Potato, Macaroni, or other?

Jacob H: At the moment, my gut’s telling me potato salad.

Tim E: How did you get connected to LRR? Thru a particular playwright, or thru actor friends?

Jacob H: I got connected to LRR through the lovely Brandon Marianne Lee.  She wrote a short adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus for the school at Primary Stages’ Detention Series, and I was lucky enough to be a part of her very funny script.

Tim E: And finally, If you could invite any 5 people (living or dead) to a party, who would you invite?

Jacob H: My dinner party: Abraham Lincoln, Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, Christy Brown, Nathaniel Poe and Daniel Day-Lewis

To catch Jacob and all the #LRRit gang in action be sure to keep November 2nd free and clear and Buy tickets for Mistakes Were Made: An Evening of Rom-Com and Political Shorts