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Riding with Kayla Kennedy

We asked EL Stories XIV cast member Kayla Kennedy to take the famous Pivot questionnaire.  Join her aboard our train every Saturday night at 11 p.m. through March 29th.  Tickets at http://greenhousetheater.org/portfolio/el-stories/

1. What is your favorite word?
Juxtaposition. I still remember the moment I learned that word in the 8th grade. Not only is it fun to say but you sound so smart when you use it correctly. PLUS it's a great ten point word in essays... Or rather it was... I'm a GRADUATE! Huzzah!
2. What is your least favorite word?
The "C" word. It makes me cringe. No matter what.
3. What turns you on?
If you can make me laugh uncontrollably, I'm instantly attracted to you. A six-pack doesn't hurt either.
4. What turns you off?
Extreme douche-baggery. It's not all about you sometimes. Ya know?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
When I'm standing in my kitchen after dedicating the whole day to cleaning it, and I hear the dishwasher go through its cycle. The sound of the dishwasher just embodies my joy in finally having a clean kitchen. Though it won't stay clean for long. Unfortunately.
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
My brother's jaw sometimes clicks when he eats. It gives me the heebie-jeebies. I have to leave the room.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
Oh, the F word definitely. Especially "mother-f***er." It's just sooooo mother-f***ing satisfying.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Ok. I would LOVE to be a singer/song-writer à la Sara Bareilles. But, let's be honest, I'm too lazy to learn the piano and I would waste all my energy trying to fit "juxtaposition" into my lyrics. I also really want to be an executive secretary/assistant to some hotshot CEO of some cool company. I am an organizational queen and I know I would rock that out.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Chemistry. Anything that involves chemistry, just count me out.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Glad you're here. We've got Stella on tap."


KAYLA KENNEDY is pleased as punch to be making her professional Chicago debut in EL Stories XIV. Other credits include Smoke on the Mountain (Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre), Spring Awakening and Lend Me a Tenor (Ball State University). She graduated from Ball State University last May with a B.F.A. in musical theatre and spent her first months as a graduate performing at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio. She returned to her home city to join this amazingly close-knit theatre community and is excited for what the future holds.