I love Burritos and I adore Andrea Alton, whom I've known for a several years. Ever since I found out about her alter ego Molly "Equality" Dykeman, I've been wanting to sit down with Andrea to talk about her alter ego. When I found out Andrea was going to have a show in the 2016 FringeNYC, titled A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli, combining two of favorite things, Burritos and Andrea, this seemed like the perfect time to sit down with Andrea to do an interview.
A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly "Equality" Dykeman, NYC's favorite poet/security guard. This time, "Molly" attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant so far out in Brooklyn, that it's probably in Queens. It's here that she meets a Southern chatterbox waitress, "Angie Louise Angelone" (Star of the 2015 HOT! Festival). While "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip.
With just two performances left, A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli will play the 2016 FringeNYC Wednesday, 8/24 at 8pm and Friday, 8/26 at 3:45pm at Huron Club at The SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC). Click here for tickets!
1. Your new show A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is being presented in the 2016 FringeNYC. What made now the right time to debut this show and what made you want to bring to the Fringe Festival? I’ve been involved with FringeNYC since 2003. My first production was the dark comedy Big Girl, Little World by Jay Duffer. It was somewhat terrifying because I’d never done anything like it but out of that fear and the controlled chaos that is the fringe, came one of the most exciting theatrical experiences of my life. It was also an amazing show that I’m still extremely proud of. The fringe pushes you to be your best and be ballsy. I got over a lot of fear doing my first fringe show which led to more confidence.
Since that time, I’ve done several productions with FringeNYC including Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever (2008 co-writer with Allen Warnock), The F*cking World According To Molly (2011), and last year’s production of Possum Creek. I love being a part of the fringe. I really wanted to be a part of the 20th Anniversary and Allen Warnock (co-writer/actor) and I had wanted to work together again. When I pitched him a very loose idea for the play he was game and we started working on the script.
2. A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli is a cracked-out comedy starring Molly "Equality" Dykeman as she attends a lesbian wedding reception at a Mexican restaurant where she meets Southern chatterbox waitress, "Angie Louise Angelone." While "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding and eat some microwaved nachos in peace, she ends up getting something with more hidden layers than a bean dip. When was there a time in your life when you got more than you bargained for? When I moved to New York 18 years ago I definitely got more than I bargained for.
3. In this show, "Molly" just wants to escape the wedding. When have you been in a situation you just wanted out of and how did you get out of it? Pretty much every office job I’ve had, I’ve wanted to escape. Since I can’t always escape, I usually hide in the bathroom for most of the day.
4. How are you similar to your character and what characteristics of your characters do you wish you had in your own lives? My character "Molly" is so outspoken, lays everything bear and isn’t politically correct. I can be blunt but I wish I could sometimes be as outspoken as her. She also doesn’t worry about much, and just goes with the flow. I wish I was more like that.
"Molly" is so different from me but there is a lot of me in her. We both have total self- acceptance for whoever you are, we don’t really care what other people think, and we’re witty. However, "Molly" has a pretty cool mullet which I can’t compete with.
5. Going back in time a little bit, how did you come up with the characters of Molly "Equality" Dykeman and "Angie Louise Angelone?" What is the best part about working together? Molly "Equality" Dykeman came out of a sketch back in 2005 when Allen and I were in the sketch group Freedumb. I loved playing the character so she eventually became her own entity and I started playing clubs as her. The character "Angie Louise Angelone" first appeared at Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival in 2015. Allen created this wonderfully layered and hysterical character. The character stole the show and "Angie" was born.
I love working with Allen. He’s my favorite person to be onstage with. For some reason we just get each other as actors/writers. There’s a chemistry and connection I can’t explain. He also pushes me as a comic and he comes up with crazy original ideas.
6. If you had to give people one reason why they should come see A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli, what would that reason be? It’s a very funny, light, 55 minute show and there’s a lot heart in it. It’s a show about friendship, connecting with people, and self-acceptance. Hopefully, you’ll have some laughs and leave feeling good.
7. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? My schedule is insane and I’m not as active as I should be. I’m trying to walk as much as I can and not always hop on the bus or train. Other than that, I dream about having a pool someday where I can get out of bed and go straight to the pool. I love swimming and I don’t mind doing laps. Although I’m sure I would eventually get bored with that and end up floating around the pool on a big swan or alligator, but right now a pool sounds pretty awesome!
Andrea Alton recently won the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. As an actor/writer, she’s been involved with FringeNYC since 2003. Notable productions include, Big Girl, Little World (written by Jay Duffer), Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever (2008 co-written with Allen Warnock), The F*cking World According To Molly (2011), and last year’s production of Possum Creek. She is the creator of Molly "Equality" Dykeman and has performed the character to sold-out houses at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and internationally. As a comic, Andrea performs regularly throughout New York, venues include, Gotham, Dixon Place, Broadway Comedy Club, UCB, The PIT, Stonewall and The Duplex. Andrea has also been featured in GO Magazine as 100 Women We Love, The Advocate, The Village Voice and The NY Post. As a writer, Andrea’s plays have been produced throughout the country with notable productions in New York, Washington DC, Florida, and Ireland. Andrea just returned from The Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival where she performed in Kathleen Warnock’s play, Julie Andrews Is The Devil.