This season, Primary Stages is performing at The Duke on 42nd Street. We took a few minutes to catch up with Isaac Oliver and Cristina Sanza, two of the fun and friendly staff members you’ll encounter at the theater each night!
Isaac Oliver and Cristina Sanza
The best thing about working in the box office:
Cristina: Is this a trap?
Funniest box office memory from The Duke on 42nd Street:
Cristina: Someone dropped a ticket in the toilet and handed it back to us.
Isaac: A woman stood up in the theater and announced that someone had left their coat on her seat and then realized it was hers.
What kind of music do you listen to in the Box Office?
Cristina: 90’s music.
Isaac: Sad stuff. A lot of sad stuff. The Smiths. Tracy Chapman.
Favorite haunts near the theater:
Isaac: The West Bank Cafe, hands down.
Cristina: Also, Nizza. And Starbucks, every morning.
Isaac: It’s like our Cheers. They know us and our orders.
Cristina: Hourglass Tavern also has a good late night happy hour.
Ever had any big celebrities come to the box office? Who were your favorites?
Isaac: Stephen Sondheim, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker …
Cristina: Jon Hamm, Tyne Daly, Anna Wintour, Anna Camp …
Isaac: Graham Norton! Joan Didion! I have a huge crush on Chris Pine and made Cristina hand tickets out really slowly so he’d wind up at my window.
Tell us a little about yourselves. What do you do when you’re not at The Duke on 42nd Street?
Isaac: I’m a writer and I’m finishing up a book of essays called Intimacy Idiot is being published in June.
Cristina: I’m also a writer, and I’m on a sketch team at Upright Citizens Brigade called Moriarty.
Isaac: We also drink a lot of wine and talk about Tina Fey.
Be sure to say “Hi!” to Isaac and Cristina the next time you’re at the theater!