The Talent Behind Blueberry Toast! Part 4

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We were very fortunate to speak with the director and another designer for Blueberry Toast. Read on to learn a bit about them and why you should see our newest show! MCarnowTympanic: What's your name and who are you in Blueberry Toast?

Michael: I’m Michael Carnow and I’m the director of Blueberry Toast.

Tympanic: What drew you to the script?

Michael: I love Mary’s writing. I was fortunate enough to direct a short play of hers 4 years ago in Deliver Us From Nowhere. She’s able to take something so normal, like a drive in a car or a Sunday breakfast and find something extraordinary about it. I love all the different places this script goes. As an audience member, I experience so many different emotions during this piece. It’s funny and sad and intense and in only 65 minutes makes you feel so alive.

Tympanic: What would be your ideal breakfast? OR If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Michael: Here’s the thing: I love breakfast. LOVE BREAKFAST. I could really east breakfast for every meal of the day for the rest of my life. It was my birthday 2 weeks ago and celebrated by having eggs, waffles and pancakes for dinner.

That being said, if I had to choose just 1 thing for breakfast the rest of my life, I’ll go with a good bagel and lox platter.

Tympanic: What's the weirdest thing you've ever put on toast?

Michael: Blueberry compote.

Tympanic: Why should people see Blueberry Toast?

Michael: They’ll feel alive. Also, it’s funny. And Chris, Allie, Kelly, and Chris give such amazing performances.

 

Rebecca Crystal El ShotTympanic: What's your name and what drew you to become a choreographer for Blueberry Toast?

Rebecca: My name is Rebecca Crystal, and I was invited to be part of the show by director Michael Carnow (Who I know from life outside of theatre.)

Tympanic: What inspiration did you draw from for the design in Blueberry Toast?

Rebecca: I drew inspiration for my choreography for the dance scene from dolls or marionettes.  They are metaphorically like puppets not in control of their own lives.

Tympanic: What would be your ideal breakfast? OR If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Rebecca: French toast, pancakes, biscuits...anything carby and sweet, really.

Tympanic: What's the weirdest thing you've ever put on toast?

Rebecca: I'm a bit of a toast purest, but maybe pickled herring?

Tympanic: Why should people see Blueberry Toast?

Rebecca: I describe it to friends as a combination between a farce and a Shakespearean tragedy--It is definitely one of the most unique plays I've seen!

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Blueberry Toast by Mary Laws directed by Michael Carnow*

February 13th through March 13th Previews begin Thursday, February 11th Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Athenaeum Theatre Studio One (2936 N. Southport Ave.) Tickets $20 general, $15 students/industry/seniors

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