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Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere production of Leslie Ayvazian’s new comedy MAKE ME, directed by Christian Parker, plays a limited engagement through Sunday, June 14, 2009 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).


Whip Expert Tames “Make Me” Actors


By Ellen Gamerman


“Make Me,” an Off-Broadway play featuring a frustrated housewife who tries to spice up her marriage by learning to be a dominatrix, demanded some unusual skills from its actors. Enter: Tina Nagy, professional whip expert.


Ms. Nagy, a 37-year-old from Minneapolis, has advised “alternative lifestyle” groups about cracking the whip without hurting anybody (at least unintentionally). Actors in the comedy don’t actually whip each other, but they do crack whips onstage many times. Ms. Nagy, who works in a traveling magic show that incorporates whips, helped the actors grasp not just how to use a whip, but why.


She answered some questions about her work and the Atlantic Theater Company’s new production, which opens Sunday (May 31) at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York.


The Wall Street Journal: What was your job in rehearsals?

Tina Nagy: Mostly what I did was I showed them how to use the bullwhip in a safe and effective way. So it was in part technical teaching, how to actually crack a whip and not hurt yourself or anybody else around you. And I also talked a little bit about the empowerment of the whip. There’s something really sexy about a woman cracking a bullwhip. When you see Indiana Jones do it, it’s alright. When you see Catwoman do it, it really kicks it up a notch.


How did you explain to the actors the motivation for using a whip?

Because the whip is a powerful instrument, you have to feel empowered and confident when you use it, especially in the context of this play, which is about power.


How do you know so much about whip cracking?

About five years ago [bullwhip performer Robert Dante] came through town and was looking for an assistant, and I heard this through a friend of a friend, and I have sort of a circus streak to me. I started holding balloons and newspaper in my teeth (while he cut them down through lashes of the whip). In our working together I learned how to crack whips too.


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