What was your most rewarding role? Finding my inner clown. Her name is
Martha. Martha is a geriatric mega-nuisance resembling a hybrid of
Carol Burnett and Maxine (of the cartoon strip) with cerebral palsy.
I'm not sure how the hell she got in there, but she fully embodies
the moxie I hope to maintain in the evening of my life.
Worst onstage mishap: Ah, costumes. I was in a community production of
The Wizard of Oz , and during one performance pulled the tail off of the Cowardly Lion. I proceeded to wear the detached appendage as a scarf for the rest of the scene.
Most Terrifying Moment: I was at a NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition in Albuquerque, NM. This was during a time in my life when I was fiercely vulnerable, and I was more nervous than I have ever been during any performance in my entire life. I got up to sing, and was more focused on not vomiting on the stage than my song. Everything that went wrong did, of course, and I left the stage crying. Gross.
Funniest performance anecdote:
lost my sense of humor.
Theatrical High point:
I saw Mark
Rylance in Jerusalem at the Apollo
Theater in London last January, and I still am at a loss for words
to describe how profoundly his performance affected me. LIFE:
You as a performer in three words: "Barbra Streisand Wannabe"
What do you want the audience to know about the current
show? We've been rehearsing since February.
Tell us three things about you
that have nothing to do with theatre:
My five year plan involves moving to Peru and working on a farm. . . after I fake my own death.
I used to figure skate competitively, and quit when I broke my back.
I have never been attacked by a dog.
What's your Actor's Nightmare?
Working with John Ridge, because he's a bigger diva than I am.