AE: That's a tough one. Hmm, I used to be a huge fan of Rocky Road, but that was when I was 4 or 5, and obviously, now, I look back on why I won't go anywhere NEAR Rocky Road, and then I just cry. So let's move on.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
AE: I'm tempted to lie and make up a story about South America or Austrailia or Europe, but I've never been to any of those places. The coolest places I've traveled would have to be the bus tour of Rome, Florence, Venice, London, Paris, Ireland and Ferarra...my mom and I went together and it was one of the most eye opening experiences I've ever had. Wait, oopsie, looks like I HAVE been to Europe ;) - a LOT of it too ;) - Yeah, let's just say I have a mind that kicks and screams when it's idle. It's why I'm such a good writer too.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
AE: Braveheart: "The English are TOO MANY! I'm takin' me sword, and I'm goin' home."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
AE: Eleanor Roosevelt - only because she's the one with polio right?
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
AE: FOR WINNERS!
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
AE: Oh Dear. Probably my homework. Considering I've spent the better half of my life living up to my sister's accomplishments, I decided to start learning instead to become disgustingly intelligent. Don't worry, she'd never read this, because it would mean acknowledging my existence, did that answer you're question? It's complicated.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
AE: I had this idea for this long stick, right? Okay so there's this long, flimsy stick and it has these little loops on it, all along the length of the stick, and then through those loops you could string something through the center of those loops, like a string, actually. and then what you can do is find a way to collect and wind up that string at the bottom of the stick. Then on the other end of the string you get some sort of food, or "temptations" for fish, that are on a hook, and you throw the string out into a lake or a pond or and river and "tempt" fish to eat, because when they DO eat the fish, they end up eating the hook too, and then you wind up the string towards yourself, with the fish on it, and then the fish is yours to keep as a pet. I call it the Tempting Stick, or Fish tempter or Temptation River Stick - BUT if I see you've taken this idea, Kara, I swear I will have lawyers all over you in half a New York minute.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
AE: Hmmmm, I put Bigfoot and elves into my thoughts before I go to bed at night, and not by choice. Truth is, when I was 5 years old (see question 1) I had a questionable night of enormous sensuality, involving myself, Bigfoot, and elf, and Eleanor Roosevelt (see question 4 - I just didn't feel like #4 was the time or the place for me to tell this story). It was a musty collage of pain, pleasure, and presidential status. So...to answer your loaded question, Kara, considering I fell in love with Bigfoot, I currently have a restraining order on an elf that fell in love with me, I'm gonna have to say Government regulation on Wall Street is never gonna happen, because too many dudes are makin' too much money to ever let that happen.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
AE: I'm terribly lonely. Always. I don't understand friendship. Probably never will....thanks for bringing it up, Kara.
Anthony Ellison spent 10 years in Chicago, writing, acting, directing and improvising. The North Star was produced at Chemically Imbalanced Theater in Chicago (2012) and at The Drilling Company in New York City, produced by Standing Panda (2013). Other full-length productions: Texas Sheen andGuillotine, at Chemically Imbalanced Theater. HORSE! and Team Sweet, The Good Kind Of Pain and Blind Stinkin’ were his sketch revues at Second City Chicago. Shitbrick Merlot, We Killed The Care Bears produced at Annoyance Theater. His ten minute plays have found homes at American Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left and Grin Theatre in Liverpool U.K.