‘Spank!’ actress is comfortable with role
By John Benson
There was a moment more than a year ago when New York City actress-writer Danielle Trzcinski realized she might be jeopardizing her career with a role she could never live down.
She was auditioning for the role of Tasha Woode in “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” and was unsure of how little attire her character would be wearing on stage. After all, this production was based on E. L. James’s smash risque romantic novel, which titillated and tantalized millions of readers.
“Of course, I was a little bit apprehensive and a little bit nervous about what exactly I would be doing on stage and how much clothing I would be wearing,” said Trzcinski, calling from Tunica, Miss. “The thing about it is, I was so lucky. Before the callback, we got to read the entire script. That’s when I thought, ‘OK, I’m comfortable with this.’
“It was a sigh of relief. It’s bad enough my parents have to say their daughter is in a ‘50 Shades of Grey’ show touring the country. But now they’ve seen it, and my family and friends have loved it. Nobody said, ‘What are you doing up there? I’m shocked you’d let your daughter do what she does.’”
What “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” which comes to Warren for a show Saturday at Packard Music Hall, lacks in shock value, it makes up for in humor and fun.
The production has been described as Chippendales meets “Saturday Night Live” with hilarious scenes on hang gliders and in fancy hotel bathrooms. Naturally, it revolves around the sexual novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” only this parody is more of a musical romp.
Furthermore, diehard followers of the novel won’t be offended as “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” writers aren’t so much making fun of the book as celebrating life.
“We never make fun of the book because people who come to the show love the book,” said Trzcinski, who joked that she read the juicy novel for research. “We’re never bashing it. We’re celebrating it. People are surprised, but in a good way, as in they are satisfied.
“They’re surprised that it went above and beyond their expectations. The reason why it works so great for stage is women love to go to the theater, and definitely our show is marketed as a girls night. And it is the best girls’night you can have.”
This is where Trzcinski stresses “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” also appeals to men. Sure, such a notion is seemingly obligatory when promoting a show that is so blatantly targeting women. However, guys may want to take Trzcinski’s advice.
“We definitely market it to be a girl thing, but I always say men love it, too,” Trzcinski said. “Also, I think it’s wise to bring a girl to this show because there will probably be some reward after the show — wink, wink, emoticon.”