Interview with Frankie DiCiaccio, Cast member of The Pajama Game

Q: What drew you to your role?

A: As the male swing, I am covering all three of the ensemble men’s parts. What’s really exciting about this production is how much work Jess and the actors have done to differentiate between the three men. From delving into the history of factory life and the specific jobs of each worker to establishing unique relationships with each other and the ladies in the ensemble, there’s a lot of specificity to each character. It’s very satisfying for an actor to be given the freedom to really chisel away at what could be more generalized and find nuances underneath.

Q: How was the process for you?

A: The rehearsals I’ve attended have been filled with laughter, which is always a good sign. It’s been clear clear throughout this process that maintaining the element of fun is high on everyone’s to-do list, right along with working efficiently and effectively.

Q: Where do you hail from?

A: Rochester, New York!

 Q: Do you wear pajamas? If so, what kind of pajamas?

A: Ha! For Christmas this year both my mother and my step-mother bought me the same pair of pajamas, which had these labels on them that read “Exceptionally Soft!” and once I’m  home from work, chances are good I’ve slipped into them to bum around the house in exceptional comfort.

Q: What do you love about working at TMTC?

A: The people! I’m very grateful to be working with folks who know what needs to be accomplished and can make it happen swiftly and efficiently, but all the while keep spirits high and maintain a sense of fun very present in the room.

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An Interview With David Sajewich, playing Sid in The Pajama Game!

Q: What drew you to your role?

A: Sid is both a guy’s man and poetic old soul. It’s really interesting to see how those two dynamics merge and clash throughout the show. 

Q: How has the process been thus far?

A: It’s been great.  Jess is a brilliant director.  Not only does she a have a very clear and exciting vision for this show, but she’s fantastic in the way she articulates that vision.  It’s been fun working with her!  This cast is also perfect! 

Q: What about the production are you most looking forward to?

A: That we’re actually using the text and making all of these characters real people, with real dreams, fears, and insecurities.  Pajama Game has a tendency to be a light fluff piece, but you actually read the script and there’s so much more there.  It’s exciting to de-fluff The Pajama Game.

Q: Would you compare your character to any “men/women of the 21st century,” fictional or not?

A: Sid is an everyday working man.  I wouldn’t say he’s comparable to any modern day character in pop culture or literature.

Q: Where do you hail from?

A: I was born in the suburbs of Chicago, and grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis.

Q: Do you wear pajamas? If so, what kind of pajamas?

A: I wear pajama pants around the house when I’ve got nothing to do.  But for bed, I just wear underwear.

Q: What do you love about Chicago theatre? 

A: I love how small of a community it is! I’ve already done multiple shows with so many of my current cast mates.  I’ve done my last four shows with Sarah Bockel (hope she’s not sick of me).  I just love how with each show you add to your circle, you constantly see your friends at auditions and you’re always working with someone you know and love.  That’s just the best.

Q: What do you love about working at TMTC?

A: I really enjoy working in such an intimate space with such a small, intimate group of people.  We get to know each and every one of these characters and that’s something that can’t really be done with a bigger cast in a bigger house.  And really, everyone in the entire production, cast and crew alike, is so insanely talented.  It’s a blast to work with that talent.

An Interview with Kelly Davis Wilson of The Pajama Game!

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Q: What drew you to your role?

A: What drew me to Mae is her ignorant innocence (and I mean that in the best of ways). It’s exciting to play someone who is really finding themselves onstage and finally obtaining their desires.

Q: How has the process been thus far?

A: The process has been just a joy! The cast and creative team are so friendly and supportive and everyone is really on board with new ideas and input.

Q: What about the production are you most looking forward to?

A: I’m at a loss at how to answer this question. I’m looking forward to the whole production, and being able to do a quirky musical.

Q: Would you compare your character to any “men/women of the 21st century,” fictional or not?

A: I like comparing Mae to Isla Fisher’s role, Gloria, in Wedding Crashers. Especially in her lie about losing her viriginity on the beach. She’s just insane.

Q: Where do you hail from?

A: I hail from the cornfields of O’Fallon, Illinois.

Q: Do you wear pajamas? If so, what kind of pajamas?

A: I wear a big t-shirt for pajamas.

Q: What do you love about working at the Music Theatre Company?

A: The cast, crew, and team (of course!)

An Interview with Patrick Byrnes of The Pajama Game!

An interview with Patrick Byrnes, playing Mike, an oiler at the Sleep Tite pajama factory and an ensemble member in The Pajama Game.

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Q: What drew you to being an ensemble member of The Pajama Game?

A: I was raised by parents with an incredible work ethic. With that instilled in me, I find I’m able to work hard and, most of the time, have a sense of pride in the work I do. But, all of us have felt our work was undervalued at some point. Everyone can relate to a sense of helplessness when superiors refuse to match the value we place on our own work. That’s what this show is about, fighting for the value of our work and struggling to have a slightly better life we feel we deserve.

Q: How has the process been thus far?

A: We rehearse five days a week and are very productive during our time together. I’m humbled to be in an ensemble made up of such talented people.

Q: What about the production are you most looking forward to?

A: “Hernando’s Hideaway”…which [spoiler alert] is nowhere near the glamorous, sensual, mysterious night club as it’s usually staged. It’s a place where garment factory workers go after work. Awesome.

Q: How do you believe your role relates to any men/women of the 21st century, fictional or not?

A: The most recent big labor dispute that comes to mind is the fight for better pay involving the educators of Wisconsin.

Q: Where do you hail from?

A: The South Side of Chicago

Q: Do you wear pajamas? If so, what kind of pajamas?

A: Flannel in winter and tank/gym shorts in the summer of course!

An Interview with Dana Tretta, Playing Gladys in The Pajama Game

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Q: What drew you to the role of Gladys?

A: At first look, one might think you she may just be a flirt. But Jess McLeod our director helped me realize she’s not that at all. She’s much more layered and sensitive.  And willing to do and try anything to make her career and relationship work.

Q: What about the production are you most looking forward to?

A: How tried and true lovers of the original The Pajama Game will like our spin on it.

Q: Would you compare the role of Gladys to any “men/women of the 21st century,” fictional or not?

A: Gladys reminds me of my sister, Lisa: hard-working, strong yet delicate, a nurturer, and a woman who doesn’t give up.

Q: Do you wear pajamas? If so, what kind of pajamas?

A: I just got a pair of red polka dot pj’s from my mom for Christmas, and I wear them as much as possible.