InterVIEWs-day Tuesday: Jenny Leon!

What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?

I’m directing the first show in the Araca Project 2014 season 'Sept 10-14' -- You, Me & That Guy by Stephen Sanow 

Describe your show in 17 words. 

Post-grad panic can make you selfish, but if you practice listening to your world, it’ll surprise you. 

If your show was a celebrity who would it be? 

Mid 2000’s Kate Nash - like the “Made of Bricks” era - crossed with both Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. 

If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?

Even though I’m most like Sarah (aren’t we all?) -- I would love to play Sarah’s Mom, she’s wise in a totally insane way. 

What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?

I’m pretty sure I played Lucy in “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Jr” when I was 6. 

What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?

I’ve prepared a classic and a contemporary example (thanks, BFA!). Growing up, I spent my summers at an amazing theater camp called French Woods Festival, and the last show I did there as a camper was the musical Children of Eden. Our set was centered around this giant tree. During Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden, our director thought it would be a great idea to have a flashpot explosion at the climax of the number. During dress rehearsal, though, the explosion was a bit wimpy, and the director asked tech to amp it up. Opening night, the explosion happens, and the tree catches fire. Stage crew nailed it with the fire extinguisher, but the moment when we all realized what was happening behind us was hilarious. And recently, I was acting in a 2-person 10 minute play, and, while on-stage, my scene partner’s phone went off in her pocket. That was the biggest laugh we got all night. 

What are your top 3 (Yes only 3)  theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?

I remember after seeing War Horse in London, I literally called my Mom long-distance to tell her that if she ever got the chance, she had to see this show. I felt similarly about Kneehigh Theater’s The Wild Bride, which I saw at Berkeley Rep -- it was so beautiful and inventive. And, I know some purists will fight me on this, but I was so affected by John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd -- I give that production credit for the insane amount of time I currently spend fantasizing about high-concept re-imaginings of classic musicals. 

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

I’m not even guilty about having watched 30 Rock from beginning to end... more than a few times. 

What is your internet and/or social media obsession?

Instagram. I recently got 26 likes on a picture of a sandwich, which is pretty huge for me. 

What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?

Can we just make original theater instead? But, like, A League of Their Own. And Anastasia. 

Lighting Round!

Musical or Play?

~*play with music*~

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Too cold. I mean... Syracuse. 

Wine or Beer?

Wine, true to my bougie nor-cal roots. Or bourbon.

Olympics or X-Games?

Cuse basketball. 

Proscenium or Thrust?

In the round, you cheeky bastards.