Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Dreaded Q&A with...Michael Bradley Block

Name: Michael Bradley Block

Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

Education: Boston University! BC Sucks!

Who do you play in Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails?: I play the role of the playwright. I gave birth to these wacky characters!

Tell us about Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails: Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails is an over-the-top offensively hilarious comedy about a fictional beauty pageant called America’s Goddess and the zany characters who inhabit this year’s event. It’s set up mockumentary style, paying homage to the brilliant Christopher Guest films.

Describe Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails in three words: Fabulous, Hysterical, Unafraid

What beauty pageant would you win?: Mr. Reality TV

What portion are you most likely to dominate?: The talent portion. The way I can binge watch a TV series is unmatched

Which company member is most likely to lie, cheat, or steal their way to glory?: Sophie Moshofsky. Don't be fooled by those eyes and that smile!

Most likely to commit a beauty fail?:  Our director Tony Curtis is either on or he’s so far off. One day you’ll see him rocking Express, the next he’ll be paying homage to high school fashion fails.

Most likely to be involved in a scandal?: Matthew Menendez. Absolutely.

Most likely to win Miss Congeniality?: In this case, it would be changed to Mr. Congeniality and it would definitely go to Ian Way. He’s so darn nice and funny!

Most likely to be a future stage parent?: Victoria. I say whoever cast this show can see into the future

Most likely to host a beauty pageant?: Jay. He has the voice of a host!

Most likely to have a showmance: Oh man. Jay…he’s always prepared with the mints!

Who's the most offensive?: I’m going to have to say myself…see the play and you’ll understand.

Most ruthless?: Julia Warner. I heard she killed a girl to play Rhiannon.

Best pageant cry?: They’re all pretty brilliant at it!

Sash, bouquet, or tiara?: The money! Who the hell wrote these questions?

What is your favorite moment of Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails?: For me, working on a new piece in a room of brilliant collaborators, my favorite moment is being able to make changes with the actors. They are all hilarious. Having a process where you watch them bring these characters to life, as a playwright, you can’t help but want to continue to develop and mold these characters for them!

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails?: I am so fortunate to work with such a great group of artists. And to be working alongside my friends is so rewarding. I get to share this special moment with them.

Why should we come see Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails?: It’s hilarious! If you’re looking for a night at the theater where you’re allowed to laugh and have a good time, Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails is the play for you. It’s theater where you’re not forced to think!

For more on Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails, visit For tickets, visit Smart Tix.