Q & A with Maria Dizzia, who starred in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Daniel Goldfarb's Cradle and All, which played at NY City Center Stage I from 10 May - 19 Jun 2011.
December 29, 1974.
Place of birth?
You now live in?
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
As an actor, do you have a preference for stage, tv or film?
Your first stage performance was?
Fairgoer #2 in Charlotte's Web at the Westfield Summer Arts Workshop: "Is this the Zuckerman Pig?" "So do I."
What roles would you most like to play?
Winnie in Happy Days. I always wanted to play Laura in The Glass Menagerie.
What's the best advice you have ever received?
"You don't have to go when they say action"--I think it's a good metaphor for all acting.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Entering half-clothed and late in Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Briefly tell us how you become involved with Cradle and All?
I participated in readings of the play for Daniel Goldfarb and MTC.
Briefly tell us about the characters you play in Cradle and All?
I play Claire and Annie. Claire is an actress in a stalled relationship who longs to be a mother. Annie is a recruiter on extended maternity leave, trying to sleep-train her 11-month-old daughter with her husband.
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
I always liked biology and I recently emailed one of those amateur labs in Brooklyn to find out about joining. I'm always talking about how I want to keep bees.
Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
Eileen Atkins, Sissy Spacek, Kate Valk, Lois Smith, Elaine Stritch. Alan Bates made a huge impression on me. Donna Reed in From Here to Eternity.
Favorite after-show haunts?
Benoit and the 24-hour diner on my street.
What was the last Broadway show you saw?
Born Yesterday--it is amazing!
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favorite authors?
And Furthermore by Judi Dench, Bossypants by Tina Fey; George Eliot, Joseph O'Neill.
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favorite movies?
Bridesmaids; Network, A Room with a View, Je Tu Il Elle, Rear Window, Storytelling.
Do you have any hobbies?
Do you have any superstitions?
I'm into horoscopes 110 percent. I tuck things into my costumes for luck.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Rubber cement, the Bible because I've never read it and a sulfur drug (I'm allergic to penicillin).