Interview with Tom DeTrinis, actor, writer, director... and chef!

"PLAN PLAN PLAN and PLAN. Also, ask as many people as possible about their experience. Also find a rich person. Also have an objective for your journey - why are you going? What do you want to get out of it? What is it all for?"

Interview with Tom DeTrinis, actor, writer, director... and chef!

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Tom DeTrinis! Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Chef/Monster/Asshole. I am doing my own one man show at the Fringe this year, I HATE NEW YORK, and I am producing and acting in Lottie Plachett Took A Hatchet

How would you describe your show?

Lottie Plachett Took A Hatchet is a dark camp comedy based on the Lizzie Borden murders of the late 1800s in America. It has incest and puppets and wigs. SO EVERYTHING YOU NEED. And my one-man show is about growing up gay and angry in New York.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

I am terribly addicted to it. This is my third festival bringing work there and I CAN'T GET ENOUGH!!! It is just so exciting to be in a space with performance arts nerds.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

People ACTUALLY come to things, and they ACTUALLY have taste and they ACTUALLY care about what they are seeing. It is beautiful to be around such joy.

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

My cousin Elizabeth was doing 42nd Street in her high school on Long Island and I was so in LOVE with the idea of being on stage, I just HAD to do it. And I haven't looked back since.

How has your background, upbringing and education had an impact on your artistic career?

My parents have always supported my love of theatre and never told me I was a weirdo, so they tried to give me the best they could with the limited means we had. I blame all the theatre folk who I have been around from an early age for my addiction to performing. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

Watching Hello Dolly like 5 hundred thousand times on a VHS. I am still obsessed with that movie. I am very gay.

If you didn’t have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

Chef or Therapist. Although, I am ACTUALLY a chef when I am not performing, but I still love it? And I am always fascinated by the human brain and how it does what it does. I could mayyyyybe do that....

Did Covid-19 change the way you create work? Do you approach shows with a different mentality now?

Not really? I think I have become smarter about HOW to produce a show and what is most effective because of the pandemic. But it just makes me want to keep going.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

ALL THINGS AT ONCE NOW.

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

WHITNEY HOUSTON. This woman. THAT VOICE. I can't HANDLE IT ALL. I probably wouldn't work; I would just make her sing me things.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN and PLAN. Also, ask as many people as possible about their experience. Also find a rich person. Also have an objective for your journey - why are you going? What do you want to get out of it? What is it all for?

When and where can people see your show?

Assembly Powder Room for my one man show at 620pm. And LOTTIE is at 830pm at the Roxy.

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

Insta is the best @detrinis is my handle!

Lottie Plachett Took A Hatchet, Assembly Roxy (Upstairs), 8.35pm, 4-27 August (not 17). For tickets, visit: https://assemblyfestival.com/whats-on/lottie-plachett-took-a-hatchet 

Header Image Credit: Patrick Maus

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Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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