1. How has your experience been working at The Playhouse?
Well this is my second day here, so I don’t have a lot. I just flew in on Monday, we had rehearsal yesterday and the day before, so I’ve been here two days. But the theater is so exquisite, it’s full of so many wonderful ghosts. I noticed from the marquee outside this theater is turning 100 years old, so I like being younger than the theater—that’s hard to do these days. It’s wonderful.
2. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?
Director-wise, I loved working with Tim Burton in Edward Scissorhands; I loved working with Kevin Spacey in Beyond the Sea. I’ve worked with Woody Allen many times, so he would be right up there as one of my favorites. And then the ones that are gone that I feel so sad about, like Nora Ephron…
3. What’s your favorite musical?
Musical? That’s such a good question. Okay, I’ll tell you because I just saw it. If I had a choice between seeing a play or musical, I would always see a play. I just saw The King and I in New York and I just loooooved it. Also, I teach and it’s a musical about teaching, so I loved that. It’s just so brilliantly done. And I love Fun Home, which is coming here. You must go see that.
4. What’s your favorite play?
I’m gonna say, in a contemporary vein, a play called Collected Stories by Donald Margulies.
5. You play a lot of characters in The Madwoman in the Volvo. Who was the easiest to portray?
Probably the little girl, her daughter.
6. Why should people see The Madwoman in the Volvo?
Because it’s a play about taking chances. And I think we all seem to wallow in our comfort zone, and I think taking a chance is a good idea.