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Season 1, Episode 2 · 11 months ago

Episode 2 - Epstein's Paint

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On this episode, we sit down with Julissa Contreras to talk about their collaboration with director Rebecca Martinez and the frantic nature of putting on a show in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Int Our presents the Hell's kitchen arts corridor podcast, a series of discussions with the playwrights and directors from intars Mikrot theatro play festival in the summer of two thousand and twenty one microt theatro consisted of six plays, all stage within local businesses in intars neighborhood upper hell's kitchen. This episode will be hearing from Playwright Julissa Contreras as she talks about her process in creating Epstein's paint, directed by Rebeca Martinez, a play set after a very boozy Brudge, where Mickey and their partner in crime, Jojo, visit Epstein's paint shop in search for the perfect color to paint the set of their upcoming anime themed drag show. Once the MIMOSA set in and Jojo's intuition starts to Tingle, they challenge Mickey to find confidence and beauty from within in order to approach their new love interests with ease and produce the hell out of this dragon may show. Hello. This...

...is Jack Land, your host for Hell's kitchen arts corridor podcast, and we have here Julie Sa Contreras, playwright of Epstein's paint, hid your Lisa, it looks so good. Goods be here with y'all today. What have you been up to? I know you were. You were pretty busy, even obviously doing the mekod writing. And did you get to see the performance, a performance at all, or were you just like super busy? No, no, I was. Yeah, I actually I was able to watch all of the performance, like all of my performances, but also performances of other writers, and that was really, really exciting. It was, it was it made me feel like New York was actually back. That was the first time I started to feel that again. It was such a bonkers experience. So all of the interviews that I did were, I think, a little...

...bit like a day or two before it actually was presented to the public. So, like you are the first interview that I have and probably the only one after the show. So, like, it's so interesting to get to hear and share like what that experience really was. I got to go. I was only able to go one day and I wasn't able to see yours, which makes me so sad because it is such hilarious piece. You are so funny, Judisa. I appreciate that and really do. I tell us a little bit about the play, just for people listening to just kind of get an idea about it. Are Absolutely so. Epstein's paint follows two characters, who Joe Joe and Mickey, who who are going to Epstein's paint because it's a paint shop, primarily, though, for like home paints and like, but like not walt paint, set paint, like for actual, like...

...outdoor, rugged stuff. So a lot of Broadway, TV sets and studios by their paint shop there, and that's what brings them to that shot, because Mickey is planning for their drag show and it's a going to be a drag anime themed show and Mickey really wants to pour their heart into this piece in a way that they need the best set paint that they can possibly have, and so they drag along their best d Joe Joe, and the two of them sort of go down these red they go to brunch first. So they make a thing of it because they're coming down from the Bronx all the way down to house kitchen, because that's what a shop is, and so they decided to have some brunch beforehand and then we just follow them through an exploration of love and feeling vulnerable enough to step into love and allow others to love you, and how loving yourself and believing that you are worthy of love...

...is really the true first step in opening yourself up for love, and not just when the person arrives in your life. That's when love begins. Loves begins with yourself, and so we kind of go on that journey together and it's a funny piece, but I think it speaks. Yeah, there's a lot of heart to it and it's like so seamlessly done. You know, obviously we have the location being like the main theme of it for the festival itself, but you just made it like this is where we happen to be at and this is like a day in their life and it just gets very personal. One of my favorite bids is the Little Lion King Bit, because I think this like that just shows so much about their characters and their relationship. And also, I mean this is not something the audience with know, but as the reader, the way you you cap your script, it says they laugh and continue their their check out. This is joy, this is the beauty of community. This shop belongs to the manifestation of all of our...

...hopes and dreams and I think just being a reader and and not getting to experience it, you know, in the flesh, it just kind of makes it all like just come together and such like a chef's kiss kind of way, and it really tells me a lot about you as as a writer and the details of things, and it was just like so I had such a great time reading it and then I did a little bit of digging of like who is Julie? Second day I was like and I came across your website and now I'm very intrigued because you have obviously multiple, multiple, multiple projects, but you are the Creator and a host of ladies. Who Buncha? Is that how brunchosprangles from Brunch? Yeah, and just the title itself.

I'M gonna look it up and add it to my podcasts because that just sounds hilarious. And then you also have another little magical link in there for Shit Spanish girls say, and that is just such a hilarious like five minutes of like cuts and my favorite little did you write all of it or did you collaborate with someone? I wrote you wrote my favorite. It says so it's you know, it's a couple or the main character. And and then and they're laying on the couch, you know, eating a bag of Papas, and then, I guess, somebody starts getting a little hand see, and they're just like, we can never just be romantic. And then, and...

...then, like a second later, is like Ba the Mike at is. I love it because we just go on on such an accurate journey of I don't want to say necessarily like Lett you know, women, but like that that does exist within our community of being so like polar opposites within like point one seconds right. So that was just so funny to me. So I think I think you're hilarious. I am a big Fan. You just gained another fan. I didn't even you know, I didn't even know how any so you might be my first killy declared fan and I appreciate. I'm more than positive you have a million fans because you have such like a comedy. Check. Check. I have check, check, and you know and it's so it's still fun. And I think one thing that parallels in both at seems pain and even in having done shit Spanish girls staying years ago and having skittles be my cohost, who is the star. She's Spanish girl. Say...

...for ladies launch is that I always find it super important to lit like sort of show the truth of the world you come from. And, even though I am not heard of the queer community, whatever that means right, I feel like the truth of my life and the people who surround me and I love the most and challenge me to grow the most are those communities, and so they're everywhere in my work. You're anything that you find that is like my most this or my most that. There is a crowd community that is helping me center that our love, our shared love, our shared experiences. And so yes, I love the writing and I love being fun, but that's because the truth of our community thrives is in that joy. So that's why my work is funny, but it's not meant to be comedy. But of course, of course, and that's what makes most great comedy so successful, right, because they're grounded in some sort of truth, whichause all over the scripture, Epstein's paint right, like they're there's like so much hilarious banter,...

...but like never throughout the piece does it seem very presentational or just like false. It's very true to who these people are and very true to how they feel about each other, whether it's just their friendship or they're not judgments, but they're observations of one another. But that's what it makes makes everything land so beautifully and you just did such a great job in creating this beautiful piece that I think could live outside of the Metro theatro festival just like all of the other pieces, because you just you just found this like truth to it and you just happen to place it at Epstein's paint that's been in the community for like a hundred and fifteen years doing their like magical like providing these paints for like TV and theater and just making it a part of these two...

...characters journey and truths. How was it working with Rebecca? Had you guys ever worked before we had it, and Herrick and I, like you know, as many of us do, share the same community but just hadn't had the moment or opportunity to work one on one with each other, but have worked on like festivals during the same time. Think from the past and you know Rebecca's Great Rebecca is really wonderful at letting the actors really come in and and set their tone and then digging through the truths of what she's observing throughout the the run, which it was wonderful to see how her mind worked. And usually I get nervous about working with new directors because I'm like, Oh, am I going to communicate if I have a discomforter, if I have this, and like there are moments troubles, like Gosh, I hope she knows that I'm not disengaged because I just don't have anything to say. You know it, take it. Yeah, we're we're on the same page.

Exactly what I was anything I would have raised my hand to say you've said and it was just such a lovely process and we actually had a hiccup in the middle of our we were the almost like the tail of the festival, because we had an actor test cop positive for Covid the day before opening for anyone got to meet. So luckily it was not a situation where anybody had at all been in contact yet whatsoever, but we had to have an actor come and stand in and I was able to have out of the wonderful Derek sharrier come in and side. I love him. Yeah, I came, came and step it step. He stepped in and learned the script in twenty four hours and opening was as though Derek had been there being the entire process. It was actually divine and wild and like it was the tail, like people would come to be, like you were the actor who came in and...

...learned in one day. That's so brilliant and that's hilarious that he wasn't the og right, but things happen for a reason. But reading it, that's why I was picturing. So it's like what, wow, what aside from the heavens to be like this is the right and that's not to say the original actor, you know, it's just like things happened. Love happens, and yeah, what a gift to actually have an actor to step in and be able to just like go with it, because what a terrifying thing to be, like we opened in less than twenty four hours and this is not something like the show must go on, like you can't this as a pandemic right. So, like that is I'm so happy that you found the actor that you needed to find and that it kind of turned out to be what you wanted it to be, an expected it to be. Wonder it was wonderful. It's sometimes add there's somebody named be that WHO's an online personality who...

I follow, and she always says what you want is human, what you need is divine. I feel like it was divine that that need. It needed to be Derek. It was divine. Yeah, yeah, and so it was and it was wonderful. Well, I'm very happy that this experience was such a positive one, not the positive covid but everything else, not that bother that positive, but everything else around it, and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day and making our schedule worth thank you for your time and I'm glad that we were able to share this moment and community. It was wonderful and I can't wait for more of this. Thank you for listening to interpresents, the Hell's kitchen arts corridor podcast. Oh and stay timmed, because we grow the other will return soon for more INFO and Intur theater. You can follow us on Facebook, instagram and twitter, or visit us at Inter...

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