GEL PEOPLE: Glen Ellyn Native Opens Hilarious Comedy

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Journey to the Center of the Uterus: Adventures Infertility! A Funny, Poignant Comedy

This original show takes you on a roller coaster ride through the fertility fray with differing doctors, "supportive" friends who declare "you'd get pregnant if you weren't so fat!", adventures in the "special man room", and so much more. Through entertaining characters, animation by Andrew Eninger, interviews with men and women ages 35 to 85, and funny inventive music by the talented singer/songwriter Marshall Stern, the show promises to make the audience laugh while giving them perspective on the whole conception conundrum. This universally appealing show will make both men and women laugh, gasp, and think.

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Interview with Kathleen Puls Andrade:

What grade school did you go to, high school, any moments, people, influences that lead you to where you are today with your comedy.

I went to St. Pet's for grade school and that was at a time when the nuns were starting to be phased out in favor of more secular teachers. I still quote one of my teachers who always said "woe be tied to your hide if you (fill in the blank)" I suppose that may have had an influence on the show that I've been doing for five years, Put the Nuns in Charge, a sequel to Late Nite Catechism. Although, ironically, I had to do some research for the show because I forgot a lot of my grade school catechism!

I went to Glenbard West and was very active in the theater dept., culminating my "career" by becoming Thespian President during my senior year. I did a lot of shows there. One memorable one was The Man Who Came To Dinner. One of the students had been, well, thrown out of the cast for whatever reason and Mr. Quinn asked me to take his part (yes, HIS part) on the opening night.

So, I was playing two roles and had to memorize the part during the first act. Mr. Quinn laid on the floor and fed me lines while I performed. It was a challenge and pretty exhilarating! Another influence would definitely be Judith Weinstock, my Forensics coach. I did a lot of meets and eventually won third in State for Oratorical Declamation. She subsequently became a good friend as well.

Did you participate in any shows in Glen Ellyn? What were they?

Doug Quinn had a group called the Before Broadway Players and I did a lot of shows with them during my high school years. I remember that he did Jesus Christ Superstar which created quite a stir especially with St. Petronille. It may have even been condemned! But he did it anyway!

Do you still have any connections with Glen Ellyn?

I do have connections with GE! I still go to GBW reunions when they come up and we even had a St. Pet's reunion which was a lot of fun. I am still good friends with some of my high school classmates and my best friend was my first boyfriend at GBW. One of my oldest and dearest friends is someone I know from first grade! I'm actually pretty proud of that one. It's not easy to maintain those relationships through the years.

Favorite memories about growing up in Glen Ellyn.
One of my fondest memories is ice skating on Lake Ellyn. We would do that every year. We would even "ice skate" in my driveway on Anthony street. Oh, dare I tell this? I was one of those goofy kids who actually licked our railing and got stuck! My sister finally heard my muted groaning and came outside and...pulled me off! Ack! And for some reason we went to Sears that day and I had my tongue in a cup of ice. Aaahh memories.

Glen Ellyn is such a beautiful town and from time to time I'll go and "visit" the houses I lived in. One of them has been torn down and rebuilt into a large, beautiful home.

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