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Exit interview: American Drag

Before we head into our final weekend for "The Christians" by Lucas Hnath, we thought we'd check in with our favorite little seamstress and see how she's been holding up since her big win at Olympus.


That's right. It's time for the Epic Exit Interview for "American Drag" with Betsy Rinaldi.

1.  What is your favorite line from the show?  (Doesn't have to be yours) “What was made to fly can never be satisfied on the ground.” - Zeus  2.  What role would you like to play other than your own?  (Gender doesn't matter)

Coco. I love that monologue (probably because I didn’t have to do it). 3.  Have you ever sewed a flag?

I had to sew a felt pennant in 6th grade Home Ec; it was a DISASTER. I’m pretty sure I passed the assignment because Mrs. Paquette felt bad for me. But, whatever, an A is an A.  4.  If you were a nightclub performer, what would be your opening number?

“Like Me”, which is a song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It is literally a woman telling an audience how their only requirement for the night is they need to like her. Niche Betsy content. 5.  What would be your drag name?  (Name of your last illness + Color of your childhood home.)

Stye Grey...that’s not bad, actually. 6.  Which Spice Girl would you be?

Probably Baby. Definitely NOT Sporty. 7.  What would you say if someone raised you from the dead?

“First of all, how DARE you. Second, how do I look?” 8.  Who will you miss working with the most?

Court. He is who I want to be when I grow up. Or y’know, just grow.  9.  What did you learn from doing the show?

I learned to be comfortable in my skin, even for just a couple hours a night. I am a pretty casual dresser and don’t typically show much skin, so those costumes were a bit daunting; then having to do a sexy dance and having to wear an eye patch for a weekend...all of that required a level of confidence I don’t typically have. But there was something about this version of Betsy Ross, and the amount of trust I had in the cast, that helped me pull it off.  10.  Describe the experience in one word.

Fun.



Betsy Rinaldi, Photo by Samantha Gaus

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