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Pigpen Profiles: Dayna Renee Donovan

Closing our Pigpen for Always Plenty of Light in the Starlight All Night Diner, opening this Friday, January 10th, is the lovely Dayna Renee Donovan playing the Starlight expert and lover Sam.

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What is your favorite and least favorite part about them?
My favorite part is the overarching theme of family. The focus is on how family is comprised of who you choose, not those you’re related to and that rings true to my heart.
My least favorite part is eating the licorice. I usually refrain from sugar in January after eating and baking pies, cakes and cookies throughout November and December.
 
Why did you want to be involved in this show?
I quite enjoyed the script. Also, it was a nice break from drama. My last two shows were quite heavy.
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If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Ancient Italy. I’ve been there several times. It’d be cool to see all of the buildings and churches in their original form.
What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
My grandmother’s sweet potato pie. She took the time to de-vein the sweet potatoes and cook them just right. It’s super smooth and kinda creamy. Yum!
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What is next for you? 
A quick break. I’ve been in back to back shows since July. I’m going to take some time off to prep for 20/21 general auditions and audition for one other project later this season, unless of course an offer comes along. I was supposed to take a break in July and another in November, but I never pass up a role and show I feel drawn to.
Handles or anything we should follow?
Nah. They’re private, ish. I’ll create a theater one here soon, though.
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Get your tickets now for Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner today, playing Friday-Saturday nights January 10-18 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
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Pigpen Profiles: Casey Anderson

Continuing the spotlight on Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Bruce, we have the doctor played by the super kind and all around cool guy, Casey Anderson.
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What is your favorite and least favorite part about Dr. Moxi?
I truly wish the Dr. would be more open to communicate his feelings with those around him in a more intelligible manner? Yeah, yeah, if people actually communicated then there goes like 99 percent of all drama, but this is just like a what if, ya know?
 
Why did you want to be involved in this show?
I wanted to be involved with this show because everything Laughing Pig Theatre does is passion driven. Performing like this is new to me and daunting at times and they create a space where I feel comfortable and challenged.
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If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Hands down I’d love to travel to the Manhattan area before colonizers came and mucked it up. I watched A New World by Terrence Malick and yeah he clearly didn’t film then/there but his images of it where gorgeous.
 
What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
Lemon meringue tart. I think that counts as a pie. Anyway, the crust is more substantial than those flaccid apple pies or punkin pies. And the tart lemon custard makes your mouth pucker just a bit and the toasted meringue on top really mellows it out is to die for.
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What is next for you? 
Next I’ll be in another Laughing Pig Theatre production called Shopping and F*$#%ing. It’s gonna be rad. Come check it out
Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
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Pigpen Profiles: Itzel Romero

Next up in Pigpen Profiles with the cast of Always Plenty of Light in the Starlight All Night Diner, opening this Friday, January 10th. We have the quirky and lovable wunderkind Danni played by the wonderful Itzel Romero.
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Picture credit from Funny for a Girl by Bella Tindall
What is your favorite and least favorite part about them?
My favorite part of the show is watching the romance between Sam and Jessa develop throughout the show. You can see how much they care for and pine fro each other, and then as they come together-! It’s lovely and I really enjoy watching it happen.
My  least favorite part would be the time travelling slow motion- and that’s only because I myself am so bad at keeping the right timing. I always end up in the wrong place- I just feel a little silly when I’m sitting and done and everyone else is still going or vice versa. (。´∀`)ノ
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Why did you want to be involved in this show?
To be honest, I saw the character descriptions and I was like Yup! This is for me! It’s LGBT and got dinosaurs, that’s my whole deal, I’m IN! Then I read the play, and honestly I really loved it. I think it’s a lot of fun and clever and I just got more excited than I did before about this show and the story it tells.
If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Y’know? I never have a good answer to this question. I’d like to see some dinosaurs, but then again I could go to renaissance times and wreak havoc with their perception of mythology…… Ahhh I don’t know! There’s a lot of history out there and I just don’t know where I’d start.
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What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
My favorite pie is lemon meringue. It’s the best pie because it has two of the best elements for a pie: cream/meringue on top & just lemon on bottom. It’s like an edible slice of lemonade, only better. I hear what you’re saying, “But what about other fruit pies? There are a lot that are structured in the way you just described.” Well to that I say; Lemon is the superior citrus fruit and on its own it is delicious, and as a pie! The pie is a perfect mix of sweet and tangy, the perfect refresher as dessert after a meal or even on its own. Lemons are good, pie is good. Together? Preeetttttyyyyyy nice.
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What is next for you? 
I’m not sure yet! I’m finishing my degree by May, so I haven’t been looking for other opportunities to keep focus. But working on a show is so much fun that I should probably just find more, huh?
Handles or anything we should follow?
I’ve only got an instagram, @space.unicron  if anyone would like to follow me there. (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤
Get your tickets now for Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner today, playing Friday-Saturday nights January 10-18 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
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Pigpen Profiles: Erin Cote

The Pigpen is open again with the cast of Always Plenty of Light in the Starlight All Night Diner, opening this Friday, January 10th. To start us off is one of our leading ladies, Jessa, played by the incredibly talented Erin Cote:
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What is your favorite and least favorite part about Jessa?
My favorite part about Jessa is her resilience. Even with everything she is going through, she seems like the person who will figure it out and land on her feet. My least favorite part (and I’ve been struggling with this) is her selfishness. Does she honestly love Sam (I think a part of her does) or is it just the convenience of not having to be alone (I also think this is part of it, too.)
 
Why did you want to be involved in this show?
This is a good challenge for me. I love romance and comedy, but I usually play people I easily like. It was a challenge playing someone that I disagree with and think is a kinda terrible person! Jessa is a tease.
 
If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Most likely Elizabethan England to see Shakespeare. I love the bard.
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What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
My mom makes this special pie every thanksgiving we call sugar pie or graham cracker pie. It is a custard pie that is vanilla flavored. It has a graham cracker crust and a meringue topping. It is my favorite because not only is it damn delicious, but seeing it means we are on vacation. I never see this pie in restaurants, but everyone I make it for always says “wow this is so good”. It is, because it’s made by a sweet and kind mom from Indiana. 
 
What is next for you?
I’m still on LPT’s improv team, but I’m very excited to take a wee break. Been involved in back to back shows and need to recharge my artistic battery. Recharge usually doesn’t take long hahaha
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Handles or anything we should follow?
You can read more about me at misscote.com
Get your tickets now for Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner today, playing Friday-Saturday nights January 10-18 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
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Pigpen Profiles: Tony Moschetti

Like the start of a bad joke, the doctor and the priest step out on stage this week played by our own Tony Moschetti.

What is your theatre background?

I did youth community theatre classes when I was in middle school because my parents wanted me to have a hobby and flag football made me cry. I eventually received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from NAU, and a couple years ago Taylor and I started doing our own productions with some friends.

How do you feel about true crime?

I’m actually fairly indifferent to it. My wife listens to some true crime podcasts and I’ll listen in sometimes, but I don’t seek it out. I get the appeal, I just like fiction more.

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Unlike the dynamic in Per, my parents and my wife do try to get along. I remember once we all went to this orchard in southern Arizona called Apple Annie’s. We had gone as a kid so I built it up a lot and was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But there is something so satisfying and fun about picking fruits and veggies. Where else can you use the word bushel casually?

What’s next for you in theatre?

I will be acting in one of the short plays featured in our Now What? event in October, and then I will be directing Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Parker Bruce in January.

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I have a sincere love for James Bond movies, slasher movies, and kung fu movies. I feel like I know people who also like those things, but haven’t been able to really geek out.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

If I had to pick one, maybe Burgers? If I didn’t have to pick one, I would get 2 huge New York cheese slices, cover them with chorizo, beans and salsa, fold them over, and use them as a bun for a bacon cheeseburger. Yeah.

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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Pigpen Profiles: Eliana Burns

Continuing the spotlight on Per, we have our tragic ingenue (and part-time blood dealer) Eliana Burns.

What is your theatre background?

I have been acting since I was 7 , doing costumes and makeup since I was 13 and directing since I was 16. Some of my favorite roles in the past were Tricia in Parlor Games, Van Helsing in Dracula, #4 in Yellow Boat, and House in Under the Rug/Debajo de la Alfombra. This show is definitely one of my new favorites!

How do you feel about true crime?

I have been obsessed with true crime since middle school. I listen to Crime Junkie or My Favorite Murder on my way to class every day. I’ve seen pretty much every episode of Forensic Files. I also have some very strong opinions about the JonBenet Ramsey and Laci Peterson cases.

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Every year, my mom and I go to see the Nutcracker during the holidays. We’ve been doing this since I was 5, so we always get to compare the differences in each version afterward. The best year was in a smaller venue in Chandler where they incorporated dogs that were up for adoption into the show.

What’s next for you in theatre?

After this, I plan to continue auditioning for shows around the valley!

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I am currently majoring in Sustainability with a minor in Political Science, so I love talking about sustainability and politics, or specifically environmental politics, which is the field I plan to go into. Beyond that, I love talking about my pets or conspiracy theories.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

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Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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Pigpen Profiles: Dolores Mendoza

Next up in the cast of Per, playing our macabre momma Anna, Dolores Mendoza!

What is your theatre background

I’ve been in and around theatre since middle school, but I’ve loved it even before that.  After being all about theatre in high school, I took a ten-year hiatus to work in corporate America and realized that my life was miserable without it.  I’ve since gone back to study theatre here at Mesa Community College where I’ve been able to act, design, and direct – and adore every minute of everything.  I’ve since been able to step out into the valley theatre community with Stray Cat Theatre and Laughing Pig Theatre – doing acting and properties design.

How do you feel about true crime?

True crime is such a guilty pleasure for me.  I’m strange because the more tame and “everyday” the situation is, the sadder it is for me, and I can’t watch it.  But if it’s over the top, twisted and creepy, I’m super fascinated.  I don’t know what that says about me other than I’m awful.

-What is a favorite family memory you have?

A favorite family memory I have is a New Year’s Eve that we spent in our upstairs living room, which was basically bare aside from a record player, playing with balloons that were filled with homemade confetti and singing and dancing to oldies records all night.  It was my mom, my dad, my older sister and her then-boyfriend (now-husband), my younger brother, and I.  It always makes me smile when I think about it.

What’s next for you in theatre?

Next up in theatre, I’m thrilled to be directing “Made With Love” for Laughing Pig’s “Now What” short play fest!  I can’t wait!

-What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I would like to take this opportunity to talk about Cup O’Karma.  It’s a little non-profit cafe that holds a special place in my heart due to where it came from and where it has grown.  It’s located inside the Chandler Public Library at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, AZ 85225 and benefits the SEEDs program.  The Support, Education, Empowerment & DirectionS program is a transitional housing project of the National Advocacy & Training Network that helps to address the unmet needs of battered and sexually abused women and their children. The program is a community-based, safe, sober living environment committed to the physical, mental, and emotional healing of women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and violence.  Not only is the staff lovely, the drinks and food delicious, and do they host great music, but it all benefits a wonderful cause.  Go check it out if you can!

-Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

This is like making me choose between my children.  Can we just say that all are beautiful in their own special and unique ways?  (And then just agree to get pizza.  Pepperoni with extra cheese, please.)

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!