FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Wonder Woman: A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 11, 2011 · 0 comments

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Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A! We’ll be running these throughout February until the Festival starts, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival. Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with Cyndi Freeman who is the Writer / Performer of Wonder Woman: A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls.

Two-time FringeNYC award-winning writer/performer Cyndi Freeman’s latest solo show traces her journey from little suburban Jewish girl obsessed with Wonder Woman to becoming the fabulous burlesque Queen, Cherry Pitz, in NYC. Join her on a crusade to right wrongs while wearing fabulous costumes.

Wonder Woman A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls featuring Cyndi Freeman (Photo By Drew Geraci)

Wonder Woman A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls featuring Cyndi Freeman (Photo By Drew Geraci)

answers by Cyndi Freeman – Writer and Performer

Antonio Asks: What makes FRIGID such a warm and welcoming experience for your production?

The Staff at Horse Trade Theater Group. They are supportive, smart and incredibly capable people!

Diánna Asks: What about this play do you feel most drawn to personally, and because of that, what message do you hope the audience walks away with?

I wrote it, so the material is very personal. What drew me to the theme is my own obsession with Wonder Woman and a desire to know just why I never outgrew my love for this comic book character. There are many messages in the show. Mostly having to do with finding inner strength and how we go about developing it. I think each audience member will get something very personal out of it.

Karen Asks: That’s some title. How did you come up with it – and what does it mean?

I wanted a title that said exactly what the show was. I learned everything a young girl needs about being a woman from Wonder Woman…well almost everything.

Stephen Asks: You must have a favorite part of your show. What makes it your favorite?

The strip tease at the end because of the glittering underpants.

Lina Asks: How much of your show was inspired by true events?

The show is memoir, it is all true – well except for the parts where I talk about what happened in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman: Episode 2 “Fausta: The Nazi Wonder Woman”. I am pretty sure that part is fiction.

THM Bonus Question: If you could play a virtual game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with another FRIGID Show which show would you take on? And what would you throw?

We Might Be Experimenting On You. I‘d throw a polygraph machine – did you know that the polygraph machine was invented be William Marston – who also was the creator of Wonder Woman?

Thanks Wonder Woman: A How To Guide For Little Jewish Girls – for participating in The Happiest Medium’s FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A. And for playing our game! You’re officially – well, now. I think you’re officially not going to win (cue sound machine that does the big AWWWWW sound).

Here’s the breakdown so far:

You’ve been challenged by:

Saving Tania’s Privates who threw SCISSORS.  Winner - TANIA’S PRIVATES!

FUNNY A trunk show who GAMED the system by waiting to see what you threw then threw SOMETHING BETTER.  Winner – FUNNY!

And You challenged We Might Be Experimenting On You who threw ROCK.  Winner – EXPERIMENTING!

DING DING DING!  This is how it works in the crazy world of the VIRTUAL ROCK PAPER SCISSORS TOURNAMENT!

Meanwhile, for the rest of you – don’t forget to check out Wonder Woman: A How To Guide for Little Jewish Girls!

Wonder Woman: A How To Guide for Little Jewish Girls
Written & Performed by Cyndi Freeman Brooklyn, NY
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street) $10
Wed 2/23 @ 8pm, Sat 2/26 @ 9:30pm, Tue 3/1 @ 8pm, Thu 3/3 @ 11pm, & Sat 3/5 @ 2pm

FRIGID New York Festival 2011 will run February 23-March 6 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1sr Ave and Ave A). Tickets ($10-$16) may be purchased online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. All shows will run 60 minutes long or less.


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