What I find fascinating about Deirdre is her loyalty. She has stuck to the same job for 40 years. She has stuck by her husband despite his infidelity and loss of job. She is fiercely loyal to Momo, her mother in law. She sticks with her daughters despite their lack of respect. She helps her friends and relatives to the point of not taking proper care of her own needs, she is loyal to the church.
What do you hope the audience will take away from seeing "The Humans"? Give us a specific quote you'd love to overhear as the audience walked out.
I hope the audience takes away that despite the human condition, we keep going. We don't give in to the fear. We feel it and keep going. We fall and we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. I would like to hear someone say they recognize themselves in our story. That they can relate to it. Because it is indeed a very "human" story.
What is your favorite moment in "The Humans"? Why is it your favorite?
Because of the structure of the play, we as actors have to stay in each moment because each moment leads us to the next and the next. But the most poignant moment for me is near the very end of the play, after Momo's breakdown. And Aimee says to Deirdre, "I'm sorry" and she responds: "I'm sorry you're sick". She feels responsible for Aimee's illness and it's something she can't fix by hard work or will. She feels at fault. It is her most vulnerable self.
What is the most memorable audition experience in your career?
My most memorable audition experience has been the sheer and utter joy of leaving the audition room and being offered the job before I made it to the lobby and that is in contrast with going to a huge group call for "Les Miz" in Miami and after hours being typed out for a role I was totally right for. The highs and the lows.The normal ups and downs of our business.
Tell us about one of your career favorite onstage moments.
My most memorable onstage moment in my career was when I was doing a play called "The Music Lesson" by Tammy Ryan at Florida Stage. A most beautiful play about Bosnian refugees in Pittsburg. And in one of the final scenes the family is gathered and we watch it snow. It is a very emotional scene and I witnessed a patron, a woman, lean over to her husband, take his hand and share a hanky because he was crying. Theatre did that. It allowed emotion in a 75 year old man to happen in public, a shared experience with others. And I got to witness it. And not for nothing, but I also had to say a prayer for the dead in Hebrew in "The Last Schwartz" and a man in the audience started to pray with me. I lost it.
If you could invite three people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would you invite?
If I could share a dinner with 3 people who would they be? Well, sharing a meal with friends around my dinner table is one of my greatest joys. The preparation, the dining, the conversation, the shared experience. So I've had many a wonderful dinner. But if I'm playing fantasy dinner, I would choose, John Lithgow, Judy Dench and Lidia Bastianich.
What would you do if you were not an actor?
If I could do something else other than acting.....and Lord knows, I don't know how to do much else. But I would either teach kindergarten or I would work professionally with hospice.
Do you have a dream role? What is it and why?
My dream role was always Lola in "Come Back Little Sheba". It's the role I saw Shirley Booth play and it's what made me want to be an actor.
What advice would you give to aspiring actors or theatre makers?
My advice to anyone wanting to become an actor would be: get an education, pursue it if you must, but be prepared to do a
Describe "The Humans" in three words.
Describe "The Humans" in 3 words.........A GRATIFYING CHALLENGE.....both to do and to witness.