Bob Katz, “The Folk Punk Woody Allen”, and his rascally mangos present “Quasimango, the Lunchbox of Notre Dame”, a one-man, ten-mango musical, in which our hero, a deformed mango, strives to win the affection of Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader Esmeralda Kelly. As Esmeralda is traded to the never-winning Columbia University Lions, Quasi follows her from South Bend, Indiana to the North Pole to a cataclysmic climax at Columbia’s football stadium. Sung and narrated by a single performer who assumes more than ten roles – nine of them mangos – this combination of folk, blues, rock, and rap tells a story like no other.
The Playbill Collector (TPC): What is your background in?
Bob Katz (BK): I’m a singer/writer in New York and New England. I’m also a regular on a radio show with some of the guys from Twisted Sister. I work in many different genres!
TPC: How did you get your start with your show “Quasimango, The Lunchbox of Notre Dame”?
BK: An important mentor of mine, Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys), said “you have all these weird songs about mangos” and suggested I write a musical theater piece. The piece has been extensively workshopped including at the venerable NYC venue Dixon Place. Now I’m opening on July 10th at The Theater at St. Johns in Greenwich Village every Thursday night for two months!
TPC: How large is your cast?
BK: It’s just me! I play ten parts as well as the guitar during the show. The musical is 90 minutes. As you can imagine, there is a lot going on in that time.
TPC: What’s the staging like?
BK: I’m very excited to be working with a Director Michael Johnson Chase. It is a very stripped down piece which is exciting because I can do it anywhere. I’ve done it in coffee houses, peoples apartments and so forth. It’s all about storytelling.
TPC: How have audience members received the piece in the past?
BK: People really seem to be really liking it a lot. Although it’s very funny, it can also be a pretty emotional piece. My goal is to make people cry about a mango!
For more information check out:
Quasimango, The Lunchbox Of Notre Dame
Books, Music, Lyrics, and Performance by Bob Katz
Thursdays July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
The Theater at St. John’s
St. John’s Lutheran Church
81 Christopher Street
New York, N.Y. 10014
Tickets: $10 at the door. All proceeds go to fund social service programs at St. John’s