James Haro is sitting behind me. I opened a Vital Stats e-mail, and skipping the name (what’s in a name, anyway?), I began to skim the responses. “Oh, good one,” I thought. “That could be wittier.” Then I saw it—the name—and Real Life and Internet Life collided (meta, dude). I threw off my headphones and swiveled on my chair to face one of my fellow interns, James. “James, you’re performing in Philly Fringe?” I shouted.
He is. Along with the Drexel Players (the university’s only undergraduate theater organization), James is bringing the devised theater piece MONUMENT to this year’s Philly Fringe. Curious like me about devised theater? The student-performers are documenting the process, so you can read along with the titillation bred by the prospect of undergrads throwing themselves into a boiling pot of their own creative mind-juices. Tastes like cajun pepper!
James dodged his Philly Fringe assignments (sorry James, no one ever said interns were blood-brothers!), to answer our questions.
Name: Your Friendly Fringe Intern, James Haro.
Where were you born? Los Angeles, California.
Where do you live now? University City, Philadelphia.
Show Title: MONUMENT.
Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old. A bunch of weird people gather to create the last thing ever. Our show is about how that does or doesn’t happen.
What was your favorite toy as a kid? I remember a Mickey Mouse-themed toy train that would follow magnets around a map. That was special.
What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria? Is this pizzeria Chuck E. Cheese’s? If so, I would FINALLY get a chance to rock with the band.
Did you go to college or grad school? If so, where? I am currently attending Drexel University seeking a B.S. in Entertainment and Arts Management.
Your refrigerator: condiments and beer, or real food? I can’t afford beer. I also have hot dogs, eggs, milk, bread, mayo, and my favorite Mexican picante sauce from California, Pico Pica.
Favorite coffee shop? What do you order? Usually just mints to break a $20 for subway fare.
What’s your favorite nickname for Philadelphia? The Cheese-Steak Factory.
What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? An ad for Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never.”
Do you have relatives more famous than you? I don’t know, but I did get scammed into a subscription to Ancestry.com trying to find out. Damn you, free trials!
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” or Cookie Monster’s “Share It Maybe”? I just met you and this is crazy . . . [Audrey: James! We didn't just meet. We met like three weeks ago. Hurt, I am.]
MONUMENT runs September 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm, September 15 at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and September 16 at 1:00 pm at The Sanctuary at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street. $6.