SPOTLIGHT ON: Mandy Hassett
Our newest guest star, Mandy Hassett, talks all things Rochester--garbage plates, world peace, and Buffalo Bill!
The Scientists team is ecstatic to announce that Rochester native Mandy Hassett will be guest starring in the role of Marie Curie at the First Niagra Rochester Fringe Festival September 25-27 at the Geva Theatre Center Fielding Nextstage! Check out our exclusive interview where she gives us the scoop on her hometown.
SCIENTISTS: Tell us a little about yourself.
MANDY: I'm a Rochester native, I love my family and friends, the Buffalo Bills, Disney princesses, and the theatre!
S: What was the last show you did?
M: I was in Nunsense at Blackfriars Theatre here in Rochester. I played Sister Mary Amnesia with a group of Rochester's finest actresses!
S: The Scientists is a historical farce, what is your favorite little-known historical fact about Rochester?
M: I just found out that Buffalo Bill Cody lived in Rochester in the 1870s and has three kids buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. He was one of the headliners at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris! Wacky!
S: What is the one thing The Scientists crew can't miss while visiting Rochester?
M: That would have to be trying a Garbage Plate from Nick Tahou's. It tastes a lot better than it sounds!
S: If you were a scientist, what would you invent?
M: I would invent a world peace button. As soon as I pressed it, all the fighting and war would stop, and we would just be nice to one another and the world would be one big party!
S: What do you think about the real life Marie Curie?
M: She was pretty awesome! Two Nobel Prizes? That is crazy cool!
S: Someone tipped us off that Marie may do a bit of burlesque in the show, have you ever done burlesque before?
M: Well no... but there is always a first time for everything...
S: Any other big plans for this fall?
M: I have some fun things coming up including choreographing Babes in Toyland for the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), watching a whole lot of football, and eating a whole lot of pumpkin pie!
Catch Mandy in The Scientists performing at The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (rochesterfringe.com) Thursday September 24th at 7:30pm, Friday September 25th at 7:30pm, and Saturday September 26th at 6pm at the Geva Theatre Center Fielding Nextstage (75 Woodbury Boulevard). Click here for more tickets and more info!