I was first introduced to Dina Martina in 2005 when I came to Provincetown, MA with a group of friends. What we saw that night was something none of us had ever seen! Dina puts on a one of a kind show filled with music, comedy, dance, and gifts (using the soft "g" on gifts). Since then, every summer I have come to Provincetown and even a few times in NYC, my friends and I have continued to go see Dina Martina's brilliance! Now, to have the opportunity to interview Dina Martina is a real dream come true!
Since making her debut in 1989 at Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art, Dina Martina has been an instant success! She is an award winning performer who has performed around the world from London, Vancouver, Seattle, and Maui to San Francisco, Provincetown, and New York City. Dina has shared the stage with Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Nina Hagen, and The Village People. In 1997, Dina was nominated for a Stranger Fringe Theatre Award for best solo show and in 1999 and 2004 won Footlight Awards from the Seattle Times.
In Provincetown, MA: Through Sept. 17 at The Crown & Anchor (247 Commerical Street)
In New York City: Sept 22-Oct 2 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave)
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It's just something I've always done. When I was very young I won the Young Miss Las Vegas Pageant, which was a natural segue into doing commercials. I did cereal commercials and baby shampoo commercials and I was the Johnson's Thumbtack Girl from age 8 until I started spotting.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? McFadden & Whitehead.
3. How does your show at the Crown & Anchor differ from your previous shows and what can audiences expect with your upcoming show "Moribound" in NYC? The Crown & Anchor show is all-new, so I guess that part is different. Audiences can expect the same show I did in New York June 21st.
4. One thing many people enjoy at your shows is when you give away gifts (using a soft "g" of course). What made you decide to have gifts as part of your show and how did you decide what to give away? Why do you think the "Cheetos Lip Balm" is everyone's favorite? No fair, that's three questions.
1) It makes for good filler. 2) Sale items make the best gifts. 3) Peeps are hungry.
5. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting a show together? Telling drunks to stop talking during the show.
6. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? Next to the refrigerator.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I learned I can't do the Chinese splits.
8. You have performed all over the country, what do you enjoy most about performing in Provincetown, Seattle, and NY? In Provincetown, I love the saltwater fudge; in Seattle, the Hard Rock Cafe; in New York, the scaffolding.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Front to back." My mother always used to say that.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Wilford Brimley (sigh!)