1. How is this show different from the other shows? This show is different than the past Paradoja shows, in that it takes on much more of a definite structure than the others. The other shows were a lot of fun (don’t get me wrong, this one is too) but I think we can all tell this one comes from a more personal place, both in the writing and from all of the performances.
2. What are the "ingredients" that make a show a Paradoja show? A Paradoja show becomes a Paradoja show because of all the people that come into it. We’re not doing a show just for the sake of doing a show, we all do it for a reason. Different reasons from each person, yeah, but we all unite to perform these shows in
order to share different things, and just maybe we can have somebody look at their own life and realize something about themselves.
3. What do you like about the Paradoja cast and crew?
Everything! The Paradoja cast/crew is a family. We’ve picked up people as we’ve gone on, lost a few people as we’ve moved forward, but we all work really well together. There’s no hard feelings between anyone, and if there is, then they get worked out rather easily. We all enjoy what we’re doing.
4. What does Paradoja mean to you?
To me, Paradoja is a nice release onstage. As an acting student, it’s fun to work withmaterial that is written by people I’m so close to. There are many different things that have been addressed in Paradoja shows, and it’s always a great experience to work with everyone. There are very few things that compare to the Paradoja experience.
5. When you first joined Paradoja what was your reaction?
I didn’t really have a reaction to joining Paradoja. I’d worked with Mike and George previously on school shows and on The Crat Pack (kind of the predecessor to Paradoja), so I knew what to expect most of the time. I knew it would be fun, and that it would be a great experience.
6. Why do Mike, George and Coonan work well together?
They have such similar ideas/thought processes most of the time. Mike and I have worked on many things and gotten very close; Coonan and I have worked very closely on multiple projects; and the same thing for George. They’re three people who I consider very good friends, and I know that they’re able to balance each other out in a way that creates something fantastic.
7. What do you think is the Paradoja "sense of humor"?
Honestly, I don’t think there is a Paradoja sense of humor. We all laugh at different things and find inspiration from different things, and all of these different things come together into one huge amalgamation that is absolutely outrageous. In a good way.
8. What famous comedians, artists, writers, etc. do you think inspired Paradoja and why? What's the connection? Who inspires you?
I think the clearest inspiration to Paradoja much of the time is George Carlin. I know he was a huge influence on Mike, in his ability to question everything and recognize what issues should be pushed. Personally, I’ve been greatly influenced by the works, sayings, etc. of Johnny Depp, Lewis Black, Tim Burton, and Walt Disney. Definitely a varied group, but all of whom have made huge impacts on me.
9. What do you think of Mike P. Both artistically and personally? What have you learned from working with him?
I think that Mike is incredibly talented at what he does. He has a passion for what he does. We’re all young, but there’s an experience there that you wouldn’t normally expect from someone our age. He can definitely do fantastic things, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
10. What do you think of Coonan both artistically and personally? What have you learned from working with him?
Working with Coonan has been one of the best things for me, artistically. He’s essentially a mentor to Mike, George, and myself, and the ideas that he brings up are always intriguing. I have no idea where Paradoja would be without him, and I definitely don’t want to know where I’d be without his help.
11. What would you like or hope for in the future regarding Paradoja?
I think that Paradoja will continue to grow, in many ways. We’ll constantly have new people coming in. We will always have new things to write about/perform, because there are always new things going on in the world. I think we’ll constantly attract new people to the shows, and I think that it could become something much bigger in the future.
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