Waltzing Mechanics

Chicago's Home for Documentary Theatre

Riding with Patsy Radford

We asked our EL Stories XI stage manager Patsy Radford to take the famous Pivot questionnaire.  Watch her conduct our train every Saturday night at 11 p.m. through September 14th.  Tickets at http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/el-stories

1. What is your favorite word? "Y'all" -- I'm a Southerner; it's kind of in my blood.
2. What is your least favorite word? "Awesome." I think it's overused and misunderstood.
3. What turns you on? Tension between me and someone I can't have. I love The Chase.
4. What turns you off? Misogyny and incorrect grammar.
5. What sound or noise do you love?
Crickets and grasshoppers in the summertime on a squeaky porch in a rocking chair, the clink of ice in my drink swirling away at sundown... 6. What sound or noise do you hate? I really hate the sound of my car's air conditioner on the lowest setting. It kind of rattles and disrupts the silence.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
It's a tie between "sonofabitch" and fuck. I say both equal amounts with equal gusto. 8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Travel blogger. Helllooo! Get paid to travel and write about what you do? It's ideal!
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Anything in food service. I've never done it but I know I'd be absolutely miserable. 10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"About time you got up here. You should have been here years ago, but you looked like you were having such a good time on that planet, we figured we'd give you some extra time."


PATSY RADFORD is thrilled to be involved with such an amazing team as Waltzing Mechanics and a great show like EL Stories. An import to Chicago from Louisiana via Tennessee, she’s an anniversaried stage manager for Teatro Luna and Artistic Associate with the company. With TL, she holds credits on Crossed, Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way, and Solo Tres. Other notable Chicago credits include The Eye Inside with Biophiliac Productions, and The Original Grease with American Theatre Company. Around Chicago, she can be seen lending all of her skills to the storefront theatre scene wherever they are needed. She loves an aged Cabernet with a good book or movie but runs on coffee and laughter. "Pour mes amis, ma famille, mes amants, mes verres de vin, mes tasses de café... je te rends grâce."