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TRANSCRIPT of Episode 19: "Lizard's Thicket / Franklin Institute"

Review That Review with Chelsey Donn & Trey Gerrald
Episode 19: "Lizard's Thicket / Franklin Institute"


THEME SONG: [00:00:00] Everybody's got an opinion.

Every Californian and Virginian.

It's so hard to tell who to trust and who to ignore.

Someone's gotta settle the score.

Trey and Chelsey will help you choose!

Whose views win, which ones lose.

Online haters are comin' for you!

Baby, it's time to Review That Review!

[00:00:31] CHELSEY: Hello

[00:00:32] TREY: Hi. Hi. Hi, welcome to Review That Review, the podcast dedicated to reviewing...

[00:00:38] CHELSEY: Reviews! We're just like Siskel and Ebert only instead of reviewing cinematic masterpieces, we rate and review those hilarious, scathing, and sometimes suspicious online reviews.

[00:00:49] TREY: That lovely voice is Chelsey Donn

[00:00:51] CHELSEY: And that lovely voice is Trey Gerrald.

[00:00:54] TREY: And together our lovely voices form:

[00:00:56] VOICEOVER: The Review Queens!

[00:01:01] TREY: And that lovely voice is Eva Kaminsky, our voiceover artist.

[00:01:04] CHELSEY: Oh, my God. So many lovely voices, Natalie, at the top, we got some lovely voices.

[00:01:10] TREY: How's your crown today, my Queen?

[00:01:11] CHELSEY: My crown is great. I don't know if you've noticed, if you don't have Patreon, you're not going to see, but like she has a full blow out and makeup and I'm really feeling myself in the moment she's fresh and so clean, clean. I didn't have Pilates right before, so I had a chance to shower and get ready, but mostly I did this because I'm taking over the Instagram today for my high school, Penn Charter for their Alumni Instagram page, which is super exciting.

[00:01:42] TREY: Cool!

[00:01:43] CHELSEY: And it's already, already been quite a day. So fun!

[00:01:46] TREY: That is so fun. Are you, so you're just documenting like a day in the life?

[00:01:50] CHELSEY: A day in the life of Chelsey in LA being an actor, doing the thing, all of the crazy that comes in a singular day when you're a very multihyphenate individual. Like we are.

[00:02:02] TREY: Oh, yes.

[00:02:03] CHELSEY: You know, they've been doing a good job of connecting the alumni. They created a new alumni network, so we can kind of see who's where, and what opportunities are, where it's really nice actually, because of COVID it's like one of the good things that come out of COVID. I think a lot of us realize that we don't need to be in the same place to interact. So over quarantine, Penn Charter did a bunch of remote Meeting For Worships. Do you know what that is, Trey?

[00:02:29] TREY: Is that like a Christian thing?

[00:02:31] CHELSEY: It's a Quaker thing because Penn Charter is a Quaker school! Go, Quakers! It was founded by William Penn in 1689. And it's the oldest charter school in the nation. Isn't that amazing? William Penn, what a guy! But Meeting For Worship is a Quaker practice where you sit in silence for about, I think it's like 40 minutes or something like that. And if you are quaked to speak, you're able to stand up and say something and then sit down and everyone just sort of reflects on what is said. And the idea behind Quakerism is there's the light of God in all of us, like not to get weird and religious, but there's, there's no pastor, there's no rabbi. There's no person that's necessarily leading Meeting For Worship. It's a community gathering and together we create this space.

[00:03:21] TREY: I love that.

[00:03:22] CHELSEY: I'm so thrilled. I'm honestly honored that they picked me to take over the page and I'm having a great time. So how has your week?

[00:03:30] TREY: I love that idea, especially for blossoming minds, like for that sort of, um, awareness and stillness and appreciation for others' contributions. That's amazing.

[00:03:41] CHELSEY: Isn't that? Where did you go to high school, Trey?

[00:03:43] TREY: Well, I went to a normal public high school for two years, and then my last two years, I went to a boarding high school..

[00:03:51] CHELSEY: Oh wow!

[00:03:51] TREY: ..In South Carolina. Yeah!

[00:03:53] CHELSEY: For, was it for theater?

[00:03:55] TREY: It was for drama.

[00:03:56] CHELSEY: For drama? Sorry, drama. I should know.

[00:03:59] TREY: It was pre-professional training.

[00:04:02] CHELSEY: So advanced, how old were you? Like 16?

[00:04:05] TREY: Yeah. I was 15. Audition based. 15 students across the state of South Carolina were accepted.

[00:04:11] CHELSEY: Wow, that is amazing.

[00:04:13] TREY: Five of us were cut. So only 10 of us graduated

[00:04:16] CHELSEY: Oh my goodness!

[00:04:17] TREY: And we had to wear all blacks. We couldn't have any jewelry. Girls could not have any makeup

[00:04:22] CHELSEY: Stop, like all the time, every day?

[00:04:25] TREY: For drama classes, yeah.

[00:04:26] CHELSEY: What was the, what? Like What do you feel like the significance was in that?

[00:04:31] TREY: Uh, and actually also an interesting thing to subject a young people too. It's like one of those, like, wooy-wooy, like very pretentious drama school ideas. It's like that thing about, like, if you are just complete, if you show up completely neutral, then the character can show up. You don't show up.

[00:04:48] CHELSEY: Oh, that's interesting... so it's like strip it all away so that you become this vessel for the character. Oh, that's interesting. I can understand that as a fellow actor.

[00:04:58] TREY: Yeah. I'm sure it's like, you know, a Meryl Streep thing,

[00:05:01] CHELSEY: Oh, I'm sure Meryl does that.

[00:05:02] TREY: But I think that's very common for these like original conservatory programs for classical acting. Like not like television.

[00:05:10] CHELSEY: I definitely have an image of my head of these very serious Thespians dressed in all black doing Shakespeare, like just, just the full blacks and the skull reciting a Hamlet monologue. So I can see that. I just, I guess it's the no makeup thing that I'm like, wow, that's interesting as a rule.

[00:05:27] TREY: Well, you can't hide behind it.

[00:05:28] CHELSEY: Right. Oh, good point. Wow.

[00:05:31] TREY: That's why.

[00:05:31] CHELSEY: So much profound things that happened in our high schools that as adults, you really look back on it and you're like, that's pretty amazing. I love that. And with all that love in mind.

[00:05:43] TREY: Wait. I was going to say...

[00:05:45] TREY: I attended a virtual reading of my cohost Chelsey Donn's pilot that she and her partner, Amy Kersten have co-written together. And it was a very moving hilarious, great time. I just wanted to acknowledge that.

[00:06:00] CHELSEY: Aw. That's so sweet. Thank you, Trey. I mean, I think the listeners deserve to know that not only is she a podcaster, sometimes she writes things too, you know?

[00:06:10] TREY: That's right.

[00:06:11] CHELSEY: Why am I talking about myself and the third person? It's like a thing I'm doing today. Maybe it's cause I'm feeling sassy. Cause I have makeup on.

[00:06:18] TREY: Oh, yeah. Cause you can't hide now or now you can hide.

[00:06:21] CHELSEY: Well, I guess I can hide. Yeah. Maybe that's why like I'm like who is she? That's coming out. Somebody different. Anyway guys, thanks for bearing with us. So much love in our hearts for our high schools and that experience. And with that in mind, Trey, do you have a Complaint you'd like to lodge?

Lodge A Complaint

[00:06:39] VOICEOVER: Lodge A Complaint.

[00:06:41] TREY: Okay. Today I have to Lodge A Complaint and against something that I'm suffering from at the moment, it's when you get a kink in your neck, when you sleep wrong.

[00:06:48] CHELSEY: Oh God. Yes.