Puppeteer Dylan Glick Talks Bringing a Three-foot Dorothy Zbornak to Life

by Steve Duffy

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday November 14, 2021

"The Golden Girls" remain one of nostalgia television's most beloved franchises. But how can it be revisited 29 years after it went off the air? A group of theater professionals — and unabashed fans — came up with a unique idea: Puppets. Their show, "That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody" has been touring the US bringing to life the iconic foursome — Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sofia —for a new series of comic misadventures. "From Sophia's get-rich-quick schemes, to Rose's tales from St Olaf, Blanche's insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, and Dorothy's daily struggle to make sense of her life and keep her roommates in check,' reads the show's Facebook page.

The show was conceived in 2016 by Jonathan Rockefeller, features the iconic characters living T in a miniature version of the original Girls' Miami home, complete with their infamous yellow wallpapered kitchen and famed table. The 90-minute parody promises to address all-things Golden, like Blanche's sex life, Sophia's time in Sicily, and cheesecake."Puppets allow us to stretch the humor further than on the original show and are wonderful characterizations of the original performers," Rockefeller told The Gothamist at that time. "I am certain most people would generally prefer a puppet making wonderful barbs than an actor giving an imitation of another actor portraying a character."

In the show, puppeteer Dylan Glick plays Dorothy, the basso-voiced, no-nonsense school teacher immortalized by Beatrice Arthur. He has worked with puppets before when he played Rod in "Avenue Q," which led to Dorothy. He has also in productions of "Spring Awakening," "Hay Fever" and "The Theory of Relativity." Dylan also is a playwright whose works include "Emilio" and "Casual."

He spoke to EDGE about becoming Dorothy.

EDGE: Tell us a little about yourself?

Dylan Glick: Oh sure! I just graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University: in Florin Park, New Jersey with a degree in musical theatre. I am also a playwright and actor.

EDGE: Can you tell us how you got into puppetry?

Dylan Glick: A few years ago, I was in "Avenue Q" and I had the pleasure and opportunity of getting to play Rod. A man named Joshua Holden, who was the off-Broadway puppet wrangler for "Avenue Q" came and taught us how to use them. At the end of that process, I was hugging my puppet when I said goodbye, because I just I just loved it and the opportunity to bring something to life that like wasn't alive and made people care about like.

EDGE: Which Golden Girl are you?

Dylan Glick: I play Dorothy.

EDGE: Is it difficult to bring Dorothy personality to life?

Dylan Glick: There are definitely a few challenges like being able to like nail her like biting sarcasm. She's very dry in the way she presents herself and I feel like that was definitely a challenge. Honestly, it's been such like a privilege because Dorothy is like everything I want to be. She is strong but at the same time she's loving, vulnerable, forgiving and protective. It's helped me grow and has helped me become more confident as a person.

EDGE: Which Golden girl are you most like?

Dylan Glick: I am more like Rose in my life. I have had many Rose moments where I can be a bit ditzy. Also, like Rose, I am very much a caring and nurturing person.

EDGE: What is your history with "The Golden Girls?"

Dylan Glick: My history with "The Golden Girls" was a little weird because the first time I was exposed to "The Golden Girls" while watching and episode of HBO's "Looking." It was the episode with Patrick and Agustín are laying in bed and watching an episode of the show on Agustin's laptop. When the theme song played in the end credit, I got really obsessed with it and the show. Before auditioning I had only seen like a handful of episodes and then when I got the call back it was binge-watching time.

EDGE: What is your favorite part of the show?

Dylan Glick: First and foremost, I get to work with a bunch of lovely and wonderful people. Everyone in the cast is so talented and so friendly. I've also had so much fun getting to travel and see different parts of the US. Right now, I'm calling you from Dayton, Ohio and by the end of the week we will be in Boston. It is just so much fun to be part of this show.

EDGE: Why do "The Golden Girls" continue to resonate with the audience?

Dylan Glick: The show is just so phenomenal and it's a model for a really good friendship should be. The humor in the show is timeless and no matter which episode you watch you are guaranteed to laugh. I am sure that in 30, 40, 50 years from now people are still going to be loving it. Going back to friendship of the show, that's it core and foundation. The characters love and care for each other and I believe that is what people want in their lives — someone for is going to love them for their authentic self no matter what.

EDGE: I read in your bio that you are working on perfecting your Alexis Rose impression from "Schitt's Creek." What is it about Alexis that you like so much?

Dylan Glick: I felt very seen by Alexis Rose. I just love Annie Murphy. I love her many layers. She just wanted to be loved and accepted by others while also being supported by her family. Even though she portrayed this persona of 'I'm unaffected by this and I can relate to the anything and everything, she just wanted to be seen. I can kind of relate to her, so she is a comfort character, and I was literally cheering her on while watching her grow throughout the series. In the same way that I want to be like Dorothy, I want to be like Alexis.

EDGE: Would you like to share with us the play you are writing?

Dylan Glick: I'm working on a play and it is called "Emilio." It is about what it means to experience gay intimacy for the first time in the imaginary world of an acting scene. It is about two roommates and one of them is a director. When the director casts the actor (his roommate) in a movie, he doesn't know it is for a porn. It's been a lot of fun to research and write. I am currently working on rewrites and very excited for it to be done and to share it with everyone.

For more information about Dylan visit, https://dylanmglick.wixsite.com/actor/ and to purchase ticket to see "That Golden Girls Show" at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, on November 14th visit, https://thewilbur.com/ The show continues to tour into 2022. For more "That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody"at the show's Facebook page.