July 8th, 2013 12:44 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Lisa Faith Phillips, Playwright and Comedian
Lisa Faith Phillips is a playwright and comedian and has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at such venues as Joe`s Pub and The Comic Strip. As a writer and performer, she has appeared on national US television, and as a dancer in Bette Midler`s and Mick Jagger`s Beast of Burden music video on MTV.
After a sold-out tour of her musical comedy, 7 ½ Habits of Highly Effective Mistresses, with Ellen Mandel as composer and musical director, Lisa was sued for trademark infringement by the FranklinCovey Corporation, owner of the trademark 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Although her lawyer advised she would win based on the First Amendment and freedom of speech, in 2002 a harsh trademark law was signed into effect and the expected long lawsuit could bankrupt her. Stunned, Lisa settled out of court but has a permanent injunction against her in Utah. Now she`s back with her new show Savvy Secrets of Successful Mistresses.
She was awarded 5 Stars and Best of the Fringe at the DC Capital Fringe Festival 2012 for her show All-Nude College-Girl Revue or Why I Can`t Pass the Vetting.
A participating artist at theaters in New York, London, Barcelona and Findlay, Ohio, her full-length play The All-Nude College-Girl Revue enjoyed a sold-out run at Soho`s Synchronicity Space before moving to The Samuel Beckett Theater on 42nd Street for an extended run. Her first play At All Times opened the Director`s Project Festival in Soho, New York.
Phillips holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics and French from Wellesley College. She studied music theory at Juilliard. Lisa was Vice President and General Manager of Random House for nine years and currently works in digital publishing strategy.
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