Well, Emmy award winning writer Nancy Holson has found her way to fight the resistance...she has written a hilarious new show called Me The People, a musical revue lampooning #45. It's an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing apart our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America. You don't need to be a nasty woman, a Mexican or a Bernie-bro to find cathartic laughs in this 90-minute tonic for your 2016 election hangover.
Me The People plays at the Triad Theater (158 W. 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave). Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer? I was always that kid who wrote the summer camp songs for Color War and family shows for birthdays and anniversaries. When I got older I kept doing it. I ran out of friends and family, so had to expand to a larger audience. As far as political satire, I grew up with Tom Lehrer and Alan Sherman, and they were certainly inspirations.
2. Your latest show, Me The People, a new musical revue lampooning #45 is an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda, currently playing at The Triad in NYC. When did you first think, I have to write a musical comedy about this loser? Then, when did you actually start writing the show? Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency thanks to the Electoral College (which clearly is even more of a sham than Trump University). He didn't win the popular vote - or maybe he did if you discount all the votes by dead illegal aliens who crossed state lines to vote multiple times for Hillary Clinton. Imaginary voter fraud aside, the day after the Election, after emerging from a state of shock, I knew that I needed to write this show. I began writing the day after the inauguration (the best attended inauguration EVER in ALL OF HISTORY). The Woman's March was inspiring and gave me the push I needed to put pen to paper.
3. With his ever changing craziness, what is the biggest challenge presented for you in wanting to keep the show as up-to-the-minute as possible? I've been writing political satire for 25 years. In all of this time, there has been a fairly predictable pace to the news. Well, "Dorothy," we're not in Kansas any more. This is a presidency on speed. Forget my plan to take a vacation! This guy is keeping me chained to my computer.
4. When was there a time when you wish you had a crystal ball to see what was going to happen so you would have had more time to write one of the scenes in the show? I can handle making the changes I need to make to keep the show current, but I sure would like to have a crystal ball so that I could glimpse the joyous day, hopefully in the not too distant future, when this dangerous charlatan is impeached.
5. What was the hardest part of the show to write? What was the most fun? The hardest part of writing this show was living in the country which actually produced and elected Donald Trump. The most fun part is going to be closing the show because he is no longer in office.
6. What is a scenario you wanted to have in the show, but for whatever reason, you just didn't put it in? I did do a number with Trump and his three wives, where they took multiple cheap shots at him, from his small hands to his obsession with big towers. It was pretty satisfying to write a bunch of nasty dick jokes, but ultimately it didn't serve our purpose of dissecting the Trump agenda with intelligence and class.
7. How did writing Me The People help you? In all seriousness, I believe that in this dark time, all of us must step up and do whatever we can to try to make a difference. Writing ME THE PEOPLE is my contribution to the resistance.
8. Everybody is looking to laugh these days as this tyrant has caused so much heartache for our world. At the same time, people just want to find a way to escape from this monster and all that he is doing, which is, I feel, why people look to the world of entertainment. For someone who wants to laugh about this dork, but is hesitant to come see show about him, what are reasons they should come see Me The People? Many people have said to me that this situation is so dire that there is no way that they can laugh. However, after they see ME THE PEOPLE, they tell me that not only did they laugh their asses off, but that by the end of the show, they felt a real sense release and even catharsis. It will be the bigliest catharsis EVER!
9. What is one or two of your favorite audience reactions from seeing the show? We end the show with a segment which encourages the audience to sing lyrics which suggest in impolite parlance, that the president has sex with himself. It's a riot to see the whole audience - especially the old ladies - giving the president the finger and yelling obscenities at him.
10. 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. I normally ask my participants what is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day. But for this interview I want to know, what is something you feel we can do 1% better everyday to get this fucker out of the white house? I love this section! So let me get on my soap box. All of us need to engage with politics. We need to be educated and informed - there is such a thing as REAL news. In a Democracy, we cannot afford to sit back. We need to be realistic, which means that there are times we need to compromise - you may not get the candidate you love. But you need to VOTE!!!
Nancy Holson is an Emmy-award winning writer, director and producer whose 25-year career spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater, and television. Nancy wrote, co-produced and co-directed the long-running hit show The News In Revue (1992 - 2011), on PBS (5 Emmy Awards), NPR, Off Broadway, the Berkshires and numerous venues from coast to coast. Writer/Director/and/or Producer - Off Broadway: Bush Wars and Ludwig Live! NYC and Regional: Parenting 101: The Musical, Dear Mom, Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears A Yarmulke? London: Ludwig Live! Her new piece, Nutcracker! The Musical, had its initial productions in New York and London. Nancy believes that we all need to resist the horrors foisted upon us by the Trump administration in whatever means we can, and Me The People is her way of using her voice.