Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.) Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show. This week, we’re celebrating the team behind The Woman in the Basement, Rachel Slotky! Seat belts fastened? Good. Let’s go.
What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?
I am the General Manager for RADD Theatre Co., the company that is producing The Woman in the Basement.
Describe your show in 17 words.
A scary, sometimes funny, always exciting journey down the rabbit-hole of masculinity and it’s consequences.
If your show was a celebrity who would it be?
Tucker Max, the author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Apparently he is now undergoing intensive therapy after writing about all of his sexcapades with women, which makes it even more fitting that our show would be him.
If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?
I would be Keisha because she is intelligent and knows how to hang with he guys, but she can also hold her own.
What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?
I think it was The Little Mermaid at some community children's theatre when I was 6. I was Fifi, the french cook who took a pie to the face at the end of the show. The pie was made entirely of whipped cream (which I loved!). So have a face full of whipped cream every night was a dream come true for 6 year old Rachel.
What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?
The first time I had to kiss a boy onstage was my freshman year of high school, and the guy was a junior. My dad kept joking that he would come see the show but that I had to get an extra ticket for his shot gun (don’t worry he doesn't actually have a shotgun). Because thinking about my dad watching me kiss someone wasn't stressful enough, my boyfriend at the time decided to sit in the very front row where I could see him so perfectly. Anyway, I was so nervous that what was supposed to be an intense kiss turned into a small peck on the lips. The rest of the scene made no sense because of it. After that, my director made me count to like 5 mississippi before I was allowed to end pull away.
What are your top 3 (Yes only 3) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
1)At the Firnge festival in Edinburough Scotland, I saw this amazing one man show about a gay man going to Kenya to adopt a baby. There were no more than 5 people in the audience and this man gave us the same show he would have given a sold out performance. 2) Going back to that time when I was 6 and got hit in the face with a pie, every time that would happen everyone laughed hysterically (including my older sister who was also in the show and on stage at that time). It was the first time I made that many people laugh at one time and it was a pretty amazing feeling. 3) I was 10 the first time I saw Rent and when Angel dies (Spoiler Alert) tears just started streaming down my face. It was the first time I was moved to tears at a show. Now I cry at shows all the time! But the first time is always memorable.
What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Sister Wives. Don't judge me until you watch it! Its fascinating!
What is your internet and/or social media obsession?
Buzzfeed, I can spend wayyyyy too many hours lost on buzz feed.
What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?
Good Will Hunting, but the show would have to be dedicated to Robin Williams and done in a very tasteful way.
Musical or Play?
Too Hot or Too Cold?
Wine or Beer?
Olympics or X-Games?
Proscenium or Thrust?