Deborah Tarica made her first stage appearance in third grade, got booed off stage (we made that up) and waited years before venturing in front of a crowd again. Improv is more to her liking than grammar school drama. Phew! Deborah will be performing at the 14th Annual Del Close Marathon in NYC next weekend (June 29-July 1). She loves dogs, thin men and states that have beaches. Please give a big welcome to (cue studio clap track) Deborah Tarica!
MiaB: Where are you from originally?
MiaB: What’s the name of your team?
DT: The Great War (UCB Harold Team) and Rough Cut (an improvised movie)
MiaB: How long have you been with the UCB?
DT: 5 years
MiaB: What got you into improv?
DT: I needed a change in my life, and something to help push me in a new direction with my writing. It was a good decision although I always wish I had discovered improv sooner.
MiaB: Who is your favorite improv performer/team to watch?
DT: It’s so hard to pick a favorite (total cop out answer)….I’m always blown away by Diamond Lion and other musical improv shows. Dasariski, Convoy and The Swarm are amazing too. Also, I remember seeing Jim Woods do a one-man cage match show that was phenomenal.
MiaB: What has been your favorite moment doing improv?
DT: At DCM in 2009 my team, Fancy Schmancy did a show that was so much fun to be a part of. We were all just so in sync with each other, made really fun moves where everyone just knew what the others wanted and made it happen, and we even did a scene about sneezing pandas (you had to be there).
MiaB: Have you ever performed at the Del Close Marathon before?
DT: This will be my 4th year performing at the marathon, 5th year attending–the first year I came but didn’t have any shows, and it was a blast. I even saw a proposal happen mid-show on stage. It was both uncomfortable and delightful.
MiaB: What time is your slot?
DT: The Great War– Saturday 11:45 pm @ Urban Stages and Rough Cut- Saturday 12:00 pm @ UCBT
MiaB: Is there anything that you would like to say to the people out there in the internets?
DT: One word: Plastics.
* Title references the old joke….”I just flew in from LA and,boy, are my arms ever tired!” Get it? Several Berg children did not.