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December 1, 2009 / lotcchicago



(because we can’t afford food)


An interview with ensemble member Haily Wineland

1. How did the name Poverty Christmas Pageant come about?

That was kind of a hodgepodge of contributions, but I dually attribute the title and the tagline, “Come hang your stocking by our trash can fire” to Alex and Jess respectively.  We at LOTC love to use acronyms and make you laugh.

2. What is the rehearsal process like? How are ideas being generated?

Basically, we the entire cast would attempt to write things to make each other laugh and make ourselves laugh and then pitch the idea, improvise around it and if it worked, we would decide to sit down and write it out.  Pretty much if we laugh, we think you will.

3. Chicago is known for its improv and sketch scene, what do you think makes this show stand out from other sketch comedy shows in Chicago?

I think we all really tried to use our theme of the recession in fun, different and interesting ways.  We tried to make the audience discover a way to the celebrate the holidays in a tumultuous economic climate with a sense of humor.  There’s a message here, but we really are just eager for people to have a fantastic time when they come and see the show.

4. LOTC’s mission is to do work that is relevant and risky, how do you think PCP falls into that?

I think PCP’s relevance is written right on its poster: “Come celebrate the holidays (and the recession) with us!”  And hell, we wrote it so what could be riskier than that?

5. What about PCP are you most excited to share with its audience?

I’m really excited for all of the different musical elements.  It’s something that as a group we’ve been doing for years (improvising over music and singing at the top of our lungs) but no one really knows that about us.  Well, unless you come and see us at an evening of karaoke.  But I’m especially proud of the original songs that are featured, I think they’re fabulous.

6. What would you like for Christmas? and What do you need for Christmas?

What I want and what I need coincide this year: MONEY.  Oh sure, I should want World Peace and need nothing but let’s be real here, it’s a recession and I’m sick of eating Ramen.


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