Featured Artist: Mariah MacCarthy

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Mariah MacCarthy
Mariah MacCarthy

Title\Occupation
Caps Lock Theatre Producing Director

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, for three and a half years (right around the corner from the beer garden).

How did you get involved in theater?
I went to a performing arts school growing up, and I just never got rid of the “bug.” My first role was as Baby Jesus in a Christmas pageant. I don’t remember that.

What do you love most about Queens?
I never get catcalled in Astoria. Like, ever. You can also eat (and drink) REALLY well for way less than you would in Manhattan. My favorite part, though, is probably my neighbor Kiki. She’s exactly the sort of neighbor you want to have when you lock yourself out of your apartment. It seems like she’s always giving stuff away, like wine and filet mignon.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I guess I hadn’t seen Kiki in a while, but I was hugely pregnant and exiting my apartment and she saw me. She called after me, “Excuse me! Do you have a baby in there?” As though I was smuggling the baby under my shirt, or like I was going to say, “No, I just had a big lunch.” I guess it wasn’t so much a “Queens” moment as a hilarious neighborly moment, but I seem to have only had those hilarious neighborly moments in Queens..

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Brooklyn Bagel. Pretty much all the food at Sparrow, Sweet Afton, and Sugarfreak. Mosaic is chill, beautiful, generally pretty empty, and has lots of amazing beer and wine (and is literally less than half a block from me). Also, if you’ve never seen a show at the Secret, it’s an AMAZING venue. APAC does awesome work as well. Astoria Park is gorgeous and, if you go all the way to the water, you have an AMAZING view of Manhattan. I’m not really a runner, but Astoria Park makes me want to be one so I can go running there.


Current/Upcoming projects?

I’ve got a play being workshopped at the Players Theatre, called LYSISTRATA RAPE PLAY, in which American women decide to stop having sex with men until rape is eradicated. It’s a black comedy, probably my most ambitious play to date (which is saying something for me), and my cast and director are incredible. The workshop runs April 11-13. $15 tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/920402/prm/ttpLRP.
I’ve also got a couple of amazing projects coming up with Caps Lock Theatre that are on the verge of being officially announced; sign up for the Caps Lock mailing list at capslocktheatre.com to keep up!

Mariah MacCarthy

Playwright
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Featured Artist: Rich Ferraioli

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Rich Ferraioli
Rich Ferraioli

Title\Occupation
Artistic Director of Variations Theatre Group

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Long Island City – Since 2008

How did you get involved in theater?
I began my theatre career at the age of 4 when I played John Wesley in a church play where my shining moment was being carried out a window of a burning building. I knew at that point that theatre was and always would be a passion of mine. I went to college for acting and quickly discovered that I needed to direct instead. I have been directing ever since.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love Queens and especially LIC. Not only is it a city that is about to blow up but is one of the most convenient, eclectic, and energized neighborhoods. It has the hipsterness of Brooklyn with the convenience of Manhattan. I truly believe that LIC/Queens has some of the best restaurants and best residents in the 5 boroughs.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Entertainment – Obviously The Chain
Food – I love Manducatis Rustica on Vernon an Fresco Tortilla on 36th Ave
Bars – LIC Bar will always have a special place in my heart as will The Shannon Pot
Sights – Nothing beats the Gantry at anytime especially before one of these reoccurring Hurricanes…just beautiful.


Current/Upcoming projects?

So many to count….visit www.chaintheatre.org for more information