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Aug 15, 2019

“Message in a Bottle” at Q.E.D. is a Love Story Between Woman and Vodka Bottle (Literally)

Local comedian Michelle Drozdick is performing her abstract, dark humor one-woman show “Message in a Bottle” for three nights at Q.E.D., this Sunday through Tuesday (8/18-20) at 7 p.m. Message in (…)

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Local comedian Michelle Drozdick is performing her abstract, dark humor one-woman show “Message in a Bottle” for three nights at Q.E.D., this Sunday through Tuesday (8/18-20) at 7 p.m.

Message in a Bottle has garnered positive reviews from Stagebuzz and has been recommended by Time Out NY as one of the best shows of the month. It has also been featured in the Jersey Journal print edition and on NJ.com.

We caught up with the entertainer to hear more about her background, the real story behind the show, and her favorite spots in the neighborhood!

1. Give us a little introduction to your work as a comedian and performer in NYC…

I’ve been acting/performing for a little over three years now! I’m still pretty new on the scene but I’ve honestly been overwhelmed by how supportive and nurturing the NYC comedy community is.

My improvised solo show “The Gimmick and You” just finished up a two-year run, and right now I’m focusing on the upcoming run of my first scripted solo show “Message in a Bottle” while also working on my new solo show coming out next month, “Ducky”!

2. What is “Message in a Bottle” about?

It’s the age old tale of a woman who falls in love with a bottle of vodka named Tito who also happens to have googly eyes, plastic forks for arms, and a necktie. The show covers their romance from the very first date to the relationship’s end, as well as what comes after that.

Credit to Giancarlo Osaben.

3. How did you come up with the concept/idea for the show?

I really wanted to do a show about alcoholism and my own struggle to quit drinking, but didn’t want to just tell the story as it happened–I wanted to do something original and abstract, but grounded enough to pack an emotional punch. So, I made the alcohol itself an actual self-aware character and painted addiction as a dysfunctional relationship that starts off great, but then time keeps going on…

4. Why do you think people connect to the story so much (since it has been very well-received)? 

I think the addiction angle is one that’s relatable and universal, and yet the concept of the show is abstract and surreal enough to make it interesting–or I hope it is! I also worked hard with my director, Adrian Sexton, to find the right balance of humor and drama, and don’t hesitate or shy away from the really dark moments with Tito.

That being said, I’m blown away and so honored by the positive reception the show has gotten. I’m an incredibly lucky person and am so grateful to everyone who has made this possible.

5. Favorite place to go in Astoria?

Cliché, but Astoria Park is fantastic, especially in nice weather. Always excited to go to Q.E.D. as well! Also, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Queens Comfort, but I couldn’t not mention them either– those mac n cheese balls are to die for.

Credit to Giancarlo Osaben.

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