Alicia Goranson

Alicia Goranson starred from 3 Nov - 5 Dec 2010 in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre from 01 Oct 2009 - 25 Mar 2012.

June 22, 1974.

Place of birth?
Evanston, IL.

You now live in?
Brooklyn, NY.

Did you go to training school, if so which one?
Piven Theater Workshop.

As an actor, do you have a preference for stage, TV or film?

Your first stage performance was?
Performing "Cherry Tree Chop" at Orrington Elementary school. It was an act in a musical about George Washington called, "Let George Do It."

Career highlight to date?
I have highlighted a lot of lines.

What roles would you most like to play?
New ones about progressive women.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
To thine own self be true.

What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
There are too many.

What is the most annoying part about your job?
The doldrom.

Briefly tell us how you become involved with Love, Loss and What I Wore?
Daryl Roth (producer of Love, Loss) gave me my first theater gig in New York thirteen years ago. So she thought of me for this.

Briefly tell us about the character you play in Love, Loss and What I Wore?
We ladies are like Sybil in this!

If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
Write. But, I can still do that--and need to!

Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
Estelle Parsons. Shelly Winters. Pacino/ De Niro/ Brando. Laurie Metcalf. John Malcovich. John Goodman. Kate Winslet. There are so many great ones--I could go on and on...

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
John Keats. I would love to talk to him over a beer about poetry and the human condition.

Favorite after-show haunts?
Anywhere where the basketball is on. I'm a huge sports person. I also love going to the Court & Spark in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn--because my boyfriend's an owner!

What was the last book you read, and name some of your favorite authors?
Twelfth Night. For an audition. I love biographies, the gothic novel, Jane Austen. I read a lot of non-fiction, too. But to me, Middlemarch is the greatest book ever written.

What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favorite movies?
The Social Network, which I thought was more of a contemporary Wall Street than Wall Street. Streetcar Named Desire is great.

Favorite TV programs?
I watch a lot of bad reality stuff, unfortunately. Real Time with Bill Maher is my favorite show. Pardon The Interruption on ESPN is a close second.

Favorite holiday destinations?
I always do Marshall Fields with my family in Chicago and eat under the tree in the Walnut Room. But for the past few years Marshall Fields has been Macy's, so it's a bit different. I also like going to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. I guess, it's all about trees for me!

Do you have any hobbies?
I play guitar and mandolin. And I like to draw with pastels.

Do you have any superstitions?
Whenever I land in a plane I say to myself, "The eagle is landed. Long live Jambee." Jambee was a character on Pee Wee's Playhouse. I know, it's weird.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Emily Dickinson's collected works, some sort of star map to decipher the constellations and a golf club and ball. Wait, that's four items...

What are your future plans?
To align myself more with my higher purpose. And write more!