Lily Verlaine

 

How many years have you been in House of Thee UnHoly?

I’ve been here since the beginning…

 

What is your favorite song from the show and why?

I really love “In My Time of Dying” because of the redemptive themes and the way the music builds and takes room to breathe.  It’s a spectacular treatment of an African-American spiritual.

 

Is there anything in the show that has made you nervous in the past or makes you nervous now?

Well, I do balance on one leg for nearly two minutes with my second leg way up in the air, and I don’t want to break the power of that statement by wobbling, so I have to be in really good physical shape.  More yoga=fewer nerves.

 

What do you most look forward to in House of Thee UnHoly?

Stunned crowds as we parade through the house like angels.

 

If you could be any character or musical component of the show, who would you be?

I’m very happy with my placement in the show, though if I could SING these wonderful songs, it would be a great enhancement to my soul.

 

If you could be anyone from the ’70s for a day (or a week?), who would it be?

Definitely Bowie.

 

What talent would you most like to have ?

I really want to sing!  In fact, I have been taking vocal lessons this past year to that end.

 

What do you appreciate most about your cast members ?

I love the cooperative, collaborative nature of this show.  It manages to be cohesive and spontaneous all at the same time.  This is really at its peak during “In My Time of Dying” when we are executing choreography, but off of visual cues rather than musical ones, so it feels very organic and different every time we perform it.

 

What is your idea of happiness?

A world where we all know we have enough.

 

What is your idea of misery?

Isolation.

 

What is your favorite scent ?

Sandalwood comes to mind, possibly because of its relevance to my Mata Hari character in this show.

 

If attending an orgy how many people would be the perfect number for you?

Probably three..maybe five. I am easily overstimulated. Though in the hands of an expert lover, sex with a single person can feel like an orgy

 

If you could bring anyone to the show (from the past or the present), who would it be?

Mata Hari at a table with Anita Berber.

 

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