Beth talks to Stephanie Lazenby who wrote, co-directed and starred in the one-woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” about her experiences growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s. It is a nostalgic, music-infused show that explores her relationship with her dad, as well as how music and objects throughout our lives impact memory.
The show was performed at the West End Theatre in Portsmouth, NH in January 2021 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s SoloStage Series.
In this two-part interview, Beth and Stephanie talk about the struggles of being creative during the pandemic, overcoming the inner voices that infuse self-doubt, and take on the question, “What makes a good story?” These interviews were recorded in February 2021.
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In this episode
Check out the intro to this conversation with Stephanie, or listen to the full interview above.
This is a really great episode so I want to get into it as quickly as possible, but for it to make sense you have to get a little bit of backstory. Today we’ve got Stephanie Lazenby, an actress, comedian, storyteller, writer, and just really an all- all around great person to talk to. I asked her to do an interview earlier this year after seeing her one woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” at the West End Theater.
It was really sweet and funny and nostalgic about her life growing up in the Bronx and her relationship with her father. I was just blown away with the writing and the way that the staging was all put together and obviously her performance. So I wanted to talk to her a bit about how this play came together and how it was so closely connected to the live storytelling that I love and we try to do here at Long Story Short. The conversation went great and I was ready to dive in to putting it together and then I get an email from Stephanie that sent me right back to the drawing board in terms of how I was going to frame this episode. So let’s get to my discussion with Stephanie as it started.
And, uh, I want to let you know, at some point, I’m going to jump back in to explain what happened and how we completely reshaped the end, end of this interview. Okay. Here we go. Here’s Stephanie Lazenby.