Featured Artist: Mariah MacCarthy
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Caps Lock Theatre Producing Director
Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, for three and a half years (right around the corner from the beer garden).
How did you get involved in theater?
I went to a performing arts school growing up, and I just never got rid of the “bug.” My first role was as Baby Jesus in a Christmas pageant. I don’t remember that.
What do you love most about Queens?
I never get catcalled in Astoria. Like, ever. You can also eat (and drink) REALLY well for way less than you would in Manhattan. My favorite part, though, is probably my neighbor Kiki. She’s exactly the sort of neighbor you want to have when you lock yourself out of your apartment. It seems like she’s always giving stuff away, like wine and filet mignon.
Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I guess I hadn’t seen Kiki in a while, but I was hugely pregnant and exiting my apartment and she saw me. She called after me, “Excuse me! Do you have a baby in there?” As though I was smuggling the baby under my shirt, or like I was going to say, “No, I just had a big lunch.” I guess it wasn’t so much a “Queens” moment as a hilarious neighborly moment, but I seem to have only had those hilarious neighborly moments in Queens..
Brooklyn Bagel. Pretty much all the food at Sparrow, Sweet Afton, and Sugarfreak. Mosaic is chill, beautiful, generally pretty empty, and has lots of amazing beer and wine (and is literally less than half a block from me). Also, if you’ve never seen a show at the Secret, it’s an AMAZING venue. APAC does awesome work as well. Astoria Park is gorgeous and, if you go all the way to the water, you have an AMAZING view of Manhattan. I’m not really a runner, but Astoria Park makes me want to be one so I can go running there.