Waltzing Mechanics

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Riding with Alex Seligsohn

We asked EL Stories X cast member Alex Seligsohn to take the famous Pivot questionnaire.  Join her aboard our train every Saturday night at 11 p.m. through June 22nd.  Tickets at http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/el-stories

1. What is your favorite word? The Russian word for corn is "кукуруза," pronounced "Coo-coo-roo-za." How did we end up with "CORN?"
2. What is your least favorite word? "Tummy" used by anyone over the age of 7. You have a "stomach ache."
3. What turns you on?
Having good taste (in art, books, movies, music, etc) is key, and not lying by saying "I like all music." No, you don't. That's not even possible unless you have no opinions on anything ever, which is the opposite of a turn-on. I think a better way to phrase this question to me would be "What DOESN'T turn you off entirely?"
4. What turns you off?
A man in uniform and poor syntax
5. What sound or noise do you love?
Double bass drums with some deep, growling vocals
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of a man's confidence as he whistles at me from a car window.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
It's "Fuck." It's a common, cliche answer, but hear me out! It covers almost every part of speech.
Noun: "A quick fuck."
Adjective: "Come see this fucking show,"  (also, this is a present participle).
and the past participle, utilized in the beloved musical "Spring Awakening" : "You're totally fucked" (If this were Russian, or another language with case-based grammar, the one that did the fucking, the "fucker," would be in the instrumental case, to indicate that you have been "fucked by (instrumental n.)").
A verb: "...and after all that nonsense, we did not even fuck."
I'm still working on the adverb form...
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I always said that if all else failed in my life, I'd go to mortuary school. I want to open an ecological burial home. I'll turn you into a tree, man.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
I hate flying in general, so I would absolutely hate being a flight attendant, especially on an airline that I also absolutely hated (I won't name names, SPIRIT). Unless you like the taste of panicked tears in your 3+ dollar beverage (come on, Spirit, 3 dollar water?)....just don't hire me.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
God would simply greet me wearing a t-shirt that says "Listen to Slayer."


ALEX SELIGSOHN is thrilled to be making her Chicago stage debut with the Waltzing Mechanics in this production of EL Stories. Before relocating to Chicago, Alex spent the last two years performing around Tallahassee, Florida (most notably, the role of Jan in Tallahassee Little Theatre’s production of Bedroom Farce) while finishing her B.A. in Russian Language/Literature at Florida State University. Other previous roles include Moonshadow in University of Wisconsin Theatre for Young Audiences' production of Dragonwings and roles in several ensemble political shows (Speak Truth to Power, Bill of (W)rights) with University of Wisconsin Madison's Undergraduate Theatre Association. When not performing, Alex enjoys discussing feminist theory, having full–volume conversations with her cats, and attending death metal shows. One day, she hopes to do all three at the same time. In Russian.