Interact artists on Honey Boo Boo: "They didn't really see what the big deal was."
"There's an actual genetically modified jazz cat," Khazem says.
Khazem says that the message of the show is that we can all laugh at ourselves, though sometimes audiences don't know if it's okay to laugh at Interact shows. "Yes, we have disabilities, but we are funny and hysterical," he says. By making fun of things on television and the internet, the Interact team aims to "work your quirk, so to speak."
Like most Interact productions, By the Seat of our Pants was written through improvisation with the Interact artists and staff. For this show, guest artists Kimberly Richardson and Mohammed Yabdri joined in the creative process. Frequent Interact collaborator Aaron Gabriel, sound designer Sean Healey, and choreographer Colette Illarde have also added their touches to the piece.
The show took lots of research, with time devoted to watching Downton Abbey and other shows that are satirized. "It's funny, because not many of the Interact artists had seen Honey Boo Boo," says Khazem. "They didn't really see what the big deal was."
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April 25 through May 18
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