Friday, February 24, 2012

FRIGID Festival Interview - Cherry Pitz of "Scratch And Pitz Burlesque And Variety Hour"

By Byrne Harrison

Name: Cherry Pitz
Show: "Scratch And Pitz Burlesque And Variety Hour"

How did you first get involved in theatre?

I was born with stars in my eyes and show business boiling in my blood. My cholesterol levels were off too.

Who are your biggest influences?

My dad, Harry Pitz. He was both father and mother to me; he was a drag queen.

Tell me a little bit about your show.

My dream is to have my own variety TV show with a co-host. Like Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Turner and Hootch. This guy Scratch says in exchange for my soul he can make this happen. Not sure what that means, but he is gonna make me a star!

What inspired you to write it?

My co-writer Handsome Brad (who plays Scratch) and I are in love with the NY Burlesque scene and wanted to do something new and splashy with the girls and boys!

Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working with them?

The cast is made up of people in the burlesque scene with an acting and comedy background. I have been producing burlesque with a theatrical spin for some time now, (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque) and for Scratch And Pitz we have put a cast of our favorite playmates together.

Peter Aguero - is well known as a storyteller an fronts the BTK band - He is the Viking of the NY Burlesque scene.

Handsome Brad – who plays Scratch is dreamy! (He is also my husband and co-producer in my alter-ego other life.) He is one of the most charming and sharp performers on the scene, plus he is super handsome!

Rory Scholl - is a comedy improv - musical genius, one of the quickest and funniest minds I have ever encountered.

Amelia Bareparts - does nothing half hearted, sensuous and smart she is currently taking bullwhip classes, so that her portrayal of a lion tamer in our show looks authentic.

Lucille ti Amore - has a background in physical theater and she is so pretty and cute you want to eat her with a spoon.

Apathy Angel - is not only a gorgeous dancer, but she has a sensibility that always confuses, confounds and makes my head tilt to the side like a four year old looking at a My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle Twinkling Balloon.

Mary Cyn - is innovative, smart, hot and adorable, plus she is more fun than a barrel of monkeys on hallucinogenic mushrooms.

What's next for you after FRIGID?

"Hotsy Totsy Burlesque," my monthly burlesque show (co-produced by Joe The Shark) at R-Bar on Bowery - every 3rd Tuesday of the month

"And I Am Not Lying – Live!" is also a monthly on going show combining storytelling, burlesque, comedy and variety show that I do with My husband and creative mastermind Jeff Simmermon at Union Hall in Brooklyn every 1st Tuesday of the month - this show is also going to be presented in March at the South By South West Festvial in Texas.

And finally, if you could say anything to your potential audience,what would it be?

Expect hot girls, flying underpants - and I got both Handsome Brad and Peter Aguero to promise to strip on stage!

"Scratch & Pitz: Burlesque Variety Hour"
Company: Heroics in Hotpants
Directed by: Cyndi Freeman and Brad Lawrence

The Kraine Theatre
85 E. 4th Street

Feb 26, 7:00PM
Feb 29, 10:30PM
Mar 02, 4:00PM
Mar 03, 8:30PM

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