Watch out, Motherf**ker With the Hat.
There’s a new asterisked title in town, and it’s The F*cking World According to Molly from Molly “Equality” Dykeman, a popular creation of New York actor Andrea Alton.
The solo show, which premieres at the New York International Fringe Festival on August 13, follows Molly as she attempts to give her first semiprofessional poetry reading.
I talked to Alton to get the dish on Dykeman.
“A year ago, I started writing a solo show for Molly because I love playing someone so different from me and honestly, who wouldn’t want to wear a neon safety vest and mullet onstage?
“I absolutely love playing characters and have had little interest in doing a solo show as ‘Andrea.’ Interestingly, Molly has allowed me to write about very personal areas of my life, such as my lazy eye, an alcoholic childhood, depression, being surrounded by mentally ill people, bullying, just trying to get through the day, and my love for fried food and cheese. Molly offers me the ability to channel my inner life through her, albeit in an extremely heightened way.
“People should experience my show because it’s one of the few shows you’ll leave the theater saying ‘I want to stick my face in your vagina.’ Also, Molly will be presenting some awesome dance moves, and who doesn’t love watching a funny, lovable train wreck? It’s going to be a hot mess. Molly is on the verge of becoming a ‘breakout’ star, so everyone should meet her before all the fame goes to her mullet.
“My favorite thing about Molly is that she is who she is, and she doesn’t apologize for it. If you don’t like her, she could care less.”
Fortunately, we like her a lot!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 22, 2011