Our fantastically talented Associate Artistic and Development Director, Justin Jorgensen, wrote and performed this lovely ditty about our current production of Plaid Tidings. Enjoy!
So how do you feel about plaid, really?
How do I feel about plaid? Just take a look in my closet and you will definitely find plaid. That being said, I would say plaid has its respective limits and should not be overused. You won’t see me sporting plaid shoes any time soon.
And how do you feel about joining our lads in Plaid?
Joining my fellow Plaids has been a wonderful experience. As the new guy, I had my fair share of moments in rehearsals where I had no idea what was happening. The guys were so great about helping me out, though. I was fortunate enough to sing with all of the Plaids in my audition, and I knew then this was a talented group of guys.
How did you spend your holidays last year?
Last year I spent most of the holidays performing in Legoland’s holiday shows. I also saw Plaid Tidings at NVA in its first year. I remember seeing it last year with zero expectations or knowledge of the show and I loved it! My first encounter with the show was as an audience member, and my very next was on stage. All of the memories I have with Plaid Tidings exist at NVA, which is quite a unique feeling.
Tell us about the last show you performed in.
The last show I performed in was just last week, for SeaWorld’s Madagascar LIVE! It’s a short show based on the animated films with singers, dancers, characters, and a live band that I play guitar in. I love playing guitar and performing on stage.
Tell us about your favorite gift that you’ve ever received.
If there is one thing I can tell you about myself, it’s that I am incredibly indecisive – and this includes picking favorites. For me, favorites have this definite and permanent quality which always makes me hesitant to pick one. I would hate to completely dodge the question, so a gift I have used the most is my TomTom GPS. It was a complete surprise from my Dad. What makes it so memorable is it was totally unexpected and I ended up moving to LA later on in the year. This thing was a life saver for getting around town. GPS units might be a little ‘old-fashioned’ now in the age of smart phones, but I still use one!
How about a favorite gift that you’ve given?
I think this may be a harder question to answer since I absolutely love giving presents. The more unexpected the gift the better! One of my favorite gifts I gave was a ticket stub booklet to my sister. I remember seeing it in one of those forgetful ads in the back of Rolling Stone, but I knew it was the perfect gift for my concert-going sister. It was something she had never never heard of, never seen, and loved it all the more. Like the great sister she is, she got me the same thing for Christmas the following year.
Your character, Smudge, is an endearingly brainy type of guy. Are you like that in real life? Or do you connect more strongly with one of the other Plaids – Frankie, the born leader; Sparky, the clown; or Jinx, the ever-awkward shrinking violet?
If you were to ask this to anyone who knows me, it would be a unanimous “Smudge” — but don’t let the glasses fool you. I love that Smudge is the brainy guy of the group. I love reading non-fiction, I’m a history buff, and I love astronomy. That is to say, I am a total nerd – but I wouldn’t change any of it!
Our Plaids tell stories about the significance of Ed Sullivan and Uncle Milty and Perry Como in their holiday experiences. Did you have a favorite holiday show as a kid?
I think those in my generation might pause for this question. I say this because holiday TV shows were either not as prevalent, or few were very memorable. Christmas movies are a different story. I know many watched the 24 hour marathons of A Christmas Story, but for some reason Jingle All the Way comes to mind. It must have been one of those movies played over and over. Recently, I saw the movie and I must say it is quite terrible. Of course I must give credit to best Christmas movie of all time – Die Hard.
What’s your favorite holiday song of all time?
Hitting me hard with those favorites. Can I pick two? My favorite song vocally is “White Christmas.” I am especially drawn to Bing Crosby’s low voice as a baritone myself. The song is so smooth and relaxed. That song is proof that a vocal line can end the phrase on some low notes. Melodically speaking, “Sleigh Ride” gets me every time. This song really shines in jazz arrangements, since it’s pretty swingin’ to begin with. This one comes to mind because I have a tendency to whistle or hum it at any time of the year.
• It’s a brilliant new play by an exciting, original, female American playwright;
Pictured: Amy Herzog, playwright, 4000 MILES
• NVA’s Managing Director Chelsea Whitmore is directing – her return to the stage after devoting most of her time to the business of running NVA;
• An amazing cast – lead by Ensemble Member Justin Lang, with Rhona Gold, Amanda Macke and Kiki Yeung;
• You’ll save over $100 – South Coast Rep is producing it right now, but you don’t have to spend the gas money or ticket price;
• NVA is only asking for a $10 suggested donation. Is $10 too much for your budget?
You can donate any amount you’d like, we want you to come see the play!;
• Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama;
• Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play;
• Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award;
• Winner! Time Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012
A Staged Reading of
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Chelsea Whitmore
Featuring NVA Ensemble Member Justin Lang with Rhona Gold, Amanda Macke and Kiki Yeung
Monday, October 21st at 7 PM
$10 Suggested Donation
You all probably know our Patron Services Manager Mea’s friendly voice from phone calls, or from her fantastic pre-show speeches. Get to know Mea a little more through a Pivot Interview (from Inside the Actor’s Studio).
1. What is your favorite word?
This is a very dangerous question to ask a Lit Master! I’m gonna go with “love” . . . but I have to wonder if it’s the sign, the signified, or the actual signifier that’s my favorite.
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
People that make me laugh
4. What turns you off?
Bad grammar and bad hygiene — equally
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
I’ve been around kids so much of my life that, honestly, what usually comes out of my mouth in curse situations is a loud “GEEZ LOUISE!” It generally shocks people if I drop an eff bomb.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
It’s okay. There was a plan all along.
Justin Jorgensen recently joined the NVA Team as Associate Artistic & Development Director. Take a second to get to know this new face around New Village Arts! Justin sat down to complete a Pivot Interview (from Inside the Actor’s Studio) here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
I just finished Graduate school in May – the word homework still terrifies me.
What turns you on?
Blasting music. No matter where I am – I always want the volume louder.
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
Laughter of friends, family, and audiences.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Lip smacking. I always want to scream “CHEW WITH YOUR MOUTH CLOSED!”
What’s your favorite curse word?
I’m partial to the F word, in various combinations. I like to make up my own curse words/sayings – keeps life more interesting.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to study oenology and learn to make my own wine!
What profession would you not like to do?
Working at the DMV…
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say as you arrived at the Pearly Gates?
White or red?