Tell Me Something: Mayfly Playhouse producer David Foulkes is quite the character

Correction: Please note, the date of the Mayfly Playhouse was incorrect in a previous version of this story. Feb. 1 is the date of the event.

Born and raised in Connecticut, David Foulkes has called the greater New London home since 1967. Never the shy one in his youth, he always enjoyed entertaining the family with his clownish behavior and jokes, eventually adding guitar playing to his performances. In the transitional summer between junior high and high school, he found himself on stage with the East Lyme Arts Council and connected to his inner actor, a passion that continues today. After a number of appearances on community stages, Foulkes founded the Intentional Theatre in 2003 (now on hiatus), and produces the Mayfly Playhouse 24-hour theater as part of the Hygienic Art annual Salon des Independents festival the first Saturday in February. (This year's show is taking place Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Crocker House Ballroom, corner of Union and Golden streets, downtown New London.) "It would not surprise me to learn I was born in the back of a traveling minstrel show wagon," Foulkes says, reflecting on his roots. In his spare time, he is a practicing parliamentarian and occasional sailor, and offers juggling lessons for beginners.

Say you have a modern-day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?

Sally Field as the Flying Nun.

What's your favorite sandwich?

BLT on wheat.

You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?

The Louvre, because I'd have to go to Paris to be there.

What's your favorite Beatles song?

"I Will"

What's your favorite word in a language other than English?


Sorry to have to tell you this, but an asteroid is going to wipe all humanity next week. So, what's your last meal?

Fried clam strip dinner from Ocean Pizza, extra tartar sauce, and a large root beer.

What movie do you like, but you can't convince others to watch?

"Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise"

Name an item you can't live without:


Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:

My brown socks with thread worn heels. Can't bring myself to throw them out.

What's your favorite building?

The family homestead, birthplace of my mother, built in 1812.

If present-day you could give advice to younger you, what would say?

If you want to be happy, do the opposite of what they tell you.

What character from a play, television show or movie would you like to have played?

George Bailey, "It's a Wonderful Life"

Last book you couldn't put down:

"Extreme Sudoku #3" (I'm still holding it, see?)

You're a DJ at a club. What's the night's last song?

"The Hokey Pokey." That ought to get 'em to leave. Or make 'em dizzy anyway.

What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:

I'm actually an excellent speller, but I do need to rely on spell check for sphygmomonometer. (Yup, spell check says I got it wrong again. Drat!)

You have a time machine and concert tickets. Who are you going to see?

Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, live at the Troubadour, 1971

Which is better, coffee or tea?


"Roam" by the B-52's or Rome, Italy?

Rome, Italy

Anagrams or palindromes?


What is your pet peeve?

People who stand ten feet from a crosswalk staring indignantly at drivers who won't stop to let them cross.

What historical event would you like to have been witness to?

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln. I love theater.

What is your favorite place in Connecticut to recharge and/or find serenity?

Bluff Point, Groton

Whom alive today do you most admire?

No one person, but anyone who lives life on their terms, without reservation or regret.


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