5 Questions Inspired by Tigers Be Still with Anna Zaida Szapiro

We asked the cast and crew of Tigers Be Still to answer 5 questions inspired by the play. Here’s how Anna Zaida Szapiro, who plays Sherry, responded. 
 
1) What is a movie that you could watch over and over again? 
My gut says A League of Their Own. It isn’t perfect (All-The-Way May? definitely did not understand that as a small child), but it’s a standby for sure. Don’t drop the ball, Dottie, don’t do it!
 
2) Which TOP GUN character do you most identify with and why? 
Maverick. Just kidding. 
 
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3) How do you take care of yourself after a break up? 
Blast Robyn. And Roberta Flack. And Jewel. What?
 
4) Describe your first job.
Oh man. I definitely spent a summer chauffeuring this amazing 9-year-old whose speech impediment made him speak with a British accent. Adorable. We played a lot of Stratego and Super Mario Kart. First payroll job? Office clerk in a gynecologist’s office. Let’s just say I never went back to that doctor again. Ever. 
 
5) Have you ever been up close and personal with a wild animal? How did it go for you?
I consider house cats wild animals, so yes. It went horribly.

Anna is a Philadelphia-based actor and devised theatre artist. Since moving to Philly in 2011, she has collaborated as a performer/creator in original works by companies including No Face Performance Group (From the Swamp to the Stars, PIFA), Hybridge Arts Collective (The Travelers), and Fur Collective (Scout, Philly Fringe). Other recent credits include The Renegade Company, New Paradise Laboratories, and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Anna holds a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is a graduate of Headlong Performance Institute. Up next: Mixed Connections and Other Curiosities at Simpatico Theatre Project.

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5 Questions Inspired by Tigers Be Still with Trevor Fayle

We asked the cast and crew of Tigers Be Still to answer 5 questions inspired by the play. Here’s how Trevor Fayle, who plays Zach (with a Z), responded. 

1) What is a movie that you could watch over and over again?
I could watch The Empire Strikes back twice a day if given the chance.  Because I am Trevor Fayle, King of the Nerds.
2) Which TOP GUN character do you most identify with and why?
I can’t say I much Identify with any of them, but if I had to pick one I’d say Kenny Loggins, because I too have a fondness for zones of a dangerous nature.
3) How do you take care of yourself after a break up (or when you feel down)? 
 Me after a bad breakup is not a pretty sight.  I watch a lot of anime, blast linkin park like it’s 2005, and develop a healthy love for the acoustic guitar.
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4) Describe your first job.
My first job was teaching kids how to ski.  Pizza! French fry!
5) Have you ever been up close and personal with a wild animal? How did it go for you?
 For sure.  I grew up in the untamed wilderness of western Massachusetts.  I have a lot of stories about bears, deer, moose and geese.  Believe it or not the latter involves the most danger.

This will be Trevor’s second show with Azuka, and first one on the Azuka stage! He could not be happier to be here working on the production of Tigers Be Still! Previous credits most recently include Emma at the Lantern and Owners with Inversion Theatre Co.

5 Questions Inspired by Tigers Be Still with Felicia Leicht

We asked the cast and crew of Tigers Be Still to answer 5 questions inspired by the play. Here’s how Felicia Leicht, who plays Grace, responded. 
1) What is a movie that you could watch over and over again?
There are a bunch.  Ones that I have watched countless times? Jaws, Empire Strikes Back, Moonstruck, The Iron Giant, just to name a few.  But if we’re going with guilty pleasure 80s romantic movie, I’d have to say: Dirty Dancing.Image
2) Which TOP GUN character do you most identify with and why?
I’d have to say Carole (the Meg Ryan character).  She has nothing to do with the flying, and she loves Goose (who is by far my favorite character in the movie.)
3) How do you take care of yourself after a break up (or when you feel down)? 
Depends on the type of heartbreak.  In some cases, I haven’t wanted to eat a thing, and just want to watch fluffy, brain candy TV and movies to distract myself.  But that’s more of the exception.  My usual pick-me-up is the fluffy viewing material combined with eating all my favorite foods: spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate, etc.  And soup.  I always find soup comforting.
4) Describe your first job.
My first job was babysitting, and my first paid gig involved caring for a three year old and a one year old from 6:30pm until one in the morning, when I was only twelve years old.  I couldn’t believe it.  I knew myself to be fairly responsible for a twelve year old, but I still couldn’t fathom how parents could possibly entrust their two small children to someone so young, well into the middle of the night.
5) Have you ever been up close and personal with a wild animal? How did it go for you?
I can’t really say that I have.  I always enjoyed the zoo as a kid, but was not much hiking, camping, or generally venturing out into the wild.  The beach and the ocean have always been my preferred type of nature.  The closest experience I have is probably having a school of dolphins swim right past me, less than ten feet away, while I was swimming down the shore.  I just wish one of them had taken me for a ride.
Felicia is a recent graduate of Villanova University’s Graduate Theater program where she was an acting scholar and a recipient of the Brian G. Morgan Award. She has performed regionally with Philadelphia Artists Collective, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, Plays and Players, and the National Constitution Center among others, and has also co-created and performed original works for the Philadelphia Live Arts, Philly Fringe, and Berkshire Fringe Festivals. Next up, she will be appearing in Revolution Shakespeare’s Five Kings.

5 Questions Inspired By Tigers Be Still: Jared Michael Delaney

We asked the cast and crew of Tigers Be Still to answer 5 questions inspired by the play. First up, Jared Michael Delaney, who plays Joseph.
1) What is a movie that you could watch over and over again?
The Thing (the John Carpenter version). Don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ve seen it a million times and love it every time.
2) Which Top Gun character do you most identify with and why?
I don’t know if I identify with him exactly, but I like Viper (played by Tom Skerritt, probably because I like Tom Skerritt as an actor so much.)  And you cannot deny the Iceman.
3) How do you take care of yourself after a break up (or when you feel down)?
The saddest of sad songs and the angriest of angry songs.
4) Describe your first job
My first job was washing dishes at a Denny’s-like diner. It was a living hell, particularly on Sundays, when it was the post-church senior citizen discount brunch rush. But we listened to Rock 107, The Mountain, in the kitchen, so I received a thorough education in Bad Company, Foreigner and other mid-late 70s bands that sucked. So call that a win.
5) Have you ever been up close and personal with a wild animal? How did it go for you?
I once encountered a wild California Brown Bear in Lake Tahoe in a hotel parking lot around 1am. It was the size of a Volkswagon and as he shuffled across the parking lot, he seemed to turn towards me, give an indifferent shrug and continue on his way. I learned the next morning that this particular bear came down from the mountains every night to forage through the trash. The hotel owners told me they used to chain lock the garbage cans, but the bear would just break the locks. So they stopped locking them. Let’s repeat that: the bear used to BREAK THE STEEL LOCKS, cause he could. So I, in turn, am grateful for his indifference on that evening.
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Jared is the Associate Artistic Director of Inis Nua Theatre Company and co-founder of Revolution Shakespeare. As an actor, he has worked regionally with the Folger Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Sierra Rep. Theater, River Valley Rep., Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, the Theatre at Monmouth and Azuka Theatre, among others. He has twice been nominated for “Best Ensemble” at Philly’s Barrymore Awards (winning once). As a playwright, he has had three short plays produced as part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. The Hand of Gaul, his first full-length play, was produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company in April 2013