Anyone can tell from about a mile off that Mason is everyone's very favorite sweetheart. To borrow from RuPaul, his "charm, uniqueness, nerve, and talent" make his an amazing friend and company member. - Heidi
The thing about Carl is that he's so good at friggin' EVERYTHING that it makes most of our heads spin and before we can even be a little jealous of him, he goes around being super nice and giving. Always tied up in a super-fly ensemble, it's like today's birthday boy is SU's birthday gift, year-round! - Heidi
In preparation for Friday and Saturday's workshop production of THE GOLDEN CARP, we asked the performers some questions about their thoughts on broken hearts and dangerous love. Do you have a haiku about dangerous love? Share it in the comments! /Blake
This weekend is your chance to add your voice to the discussion on love and magic, fish and fairies. Join us! Reserve your seat now.
THE GOLDEN CARP Workshop Presentation
April 19 and 20 7:30 pm
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
3749 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
1. Who was the first person to break your heart?
A blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy
Jake Gyllenhaal, when I found out he wasn't gay
A girl broke up with me on my birthday when I was 22. She said it just seemed like I liked her more than she like me.
This kid in middle school. We were both nerds, and we danced at the Valentine’s Day dance. Then he got popular. Sad face.
I actually don’t think I've ever truly had my heart broken. Especially watching my parents heal after their recent divorce, I feel like nothing I've experienced compares. If we’re talking first time I had deep romantic feelings for someone that was unrequited – that would be my friend, Andy Hunt, in 9th grade. He was dating my other friend. It was awkward.
2. Who was the first person whose heart you broke?
His name is Adam and I still feel bad about that one.
Too many to write about.
I once accidentally took a girl on a date. It was a misunderstanding, it ended badly.
When I was 16, I broke up with a guy on his birthday. BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS!! Cause he was silent and awkward and never spoke! Which is why I wanted to break up. Anyway, a couple weeks later, people told me he did a song about me dying at his band’s show. Yikes.
Uhhhhh … no one? Probably? I’ve had some friends who’ve been interested in me and I didn’t feel the same way, but I don’t think it was that intense.
Middle school girlfriends, perhaps, but hopefully they get it now?
3. Write a haiku about dangerous love:
Watch out for that boy
He’ll break your heart I swear it
Love me instead please
You know it’s not good
But you cannot stop yourself
You learn from mistakes
Good girl gone bad – oops
Rhianna, please be careful
You are so pretty
I will break your heart
And mess around with your head.
Just because I can
4. What is the scariest thing you've ever done for love?
I flew to another continent all by my lonesome. But once I got there, it wasn’t scary at all!
I’m on OkCupid
I drove to Rhode Island. It wasn’t that scary, except when I slept in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Wisconsin.
I don’t know! I’m lame.
Told the person I was in love with how I feel.
5. Tell us about a time that you (or someone you know) lost themselves completely in their love:
My dog and a bag of chocolate
People too lost in love are annoying.
I feel like I've know lots of people who've been lost in love. The most difficult experience I've had as a friend is watching someone be in a verbally abusive relationship and not be able to convince her to stop/leave him. All I could do was console her and hope one day she’d stop loving him. She did! *whew*
I don’t really know who my dad is anymore, since the divorce. He’s dating someone younger, and I think he’s going through a mid-life crisis.
6. What are the symptoms of dangerous love?
Never sleeping – always lying
A high fever, chills, sweaty pits, and voice cracks
I think the entire Twilight series about dangerous love.
Shortness of breath
Delusions of grandeur
Excessive smoking, drinking
Not taking care of yourself
Co-dependency, letting your significant other make decisions for you, blocking your loved ones from your life … being reckless, impulsive …
You have to lie about it to other people you love.
7. Of unrequited love?
Every moment gives you one step forward in hope and three steps back in sadness.
Everyone who was dorky in middle school/high school knows all about unrequited love.
Long, awkward emails
Excessive comfort food eating
Not showering enough
Spending time with your loved one, even though you know they’re not interested. Dwelling on that person, imagining being with that person.
8. Who do you still pine for, just a little (or a lot)?
Jake Gyllenhaal … And that one guy from that show I did
Paul McCartney .,, I just … I can’t move on from the fact that in another life, we were soulmates. And it was beautiful.
An old friend who was one of those almost-boyfriends/friend-I-made-out-with-a-few-times. I’ll probably always feel something for him, but I’m over wanting a relationship with him. He was a really good kisser, too. Damn him.
Tanner Curl, 4EVER AND ALWAYZ
Here in Minneapolis, we are working away to expand and explore the story of THE GOLDEN CARP with our presentation coming up next week. In another season in the not-so-distant future, this story will find it's full life as a chamber opera, so I talked withcreator and project leader Candy Bilyk out in California. We talked about opera, what it means to her, and how it will allow this story to be expressed. /Blake
(Please note: the upcoming workshop of THE GOLDEN CARP will be acted, but not sung. Join us now for the story; stay tuned for the future full opera!)