Robin Gelfenbien’s 12 months behind the wheel of a giant hot dog gave her a new lease on life. Now, she’s sharing the details in a multimedia one-woman show: My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey. Her website describes it as a 98 percent true story about “an insecure goody-goody who finds redemption behind the wheel of the Wienermobile.” Gelfenbien tells New York magazine’s Grub Street blog how she landed the job as a “goodwill ambassador for Oscar Mayer” back in 1993:
I went to school at Syracuse. The Wienermobile came, and I fell in love with it. It was a low point in my life, and I knew I wanted to drive it. I did everything I could, including making up songs and tap dancing at the Oscar Mayer headquarters.
Gelfenbien’s 75-minute play will premiere at the Jazz Gallery during New York City’s Fringe Festival in August. She won’t be selling hot dogs at the show because apparently, “It’s against the law.” Still, I’m so there! (Tickets go on sale July 18.)