Selected questions, à la Proust:

  • YOUR FAVORITE VIRTUE: generosity of spirit
  • YOUR MAIN FAULT: Trying to embrace too much at once; Aah, but with such gusto!
  • INTERESTS: eclectic and catholic. As an actor, I’m interested in almost everything but myself.
  • FAVORITE COLOR: red
  • FAVORITE FLOWER: peony
  • FAVORITE NOVEL: A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and many others too numerous to mention.
  • FAVORITE QUOTE:  “Carpe diem!”   “Talent, Taste, Temerity”, Eleanora Duse
  • HAPPIEST MOMENTS: When I am on stage because I have done my work and I just let the magic happen.
  • BIGGEST TURN ON: The miracles of nature
  • BIGGEST TURN OFF: Selfishness
  • FAVORITE SOUND OR NOISE: Silence
  • HATED SOUND OR NOISE: Super-loud speaker feedback
  • FAVORITE WORD: agape
  • LEAST FAVORITE WORD: desarzobispoconstatinopolizador (it’s part of a tongue twister I use as a vocal warm up)
  • WHAT PROFESSION OTHER THAN ACTING WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY? I have been privileged to have tried many professions throughout my life, and have learned much from each experience. Now, I feel very comfortable on the stage or in front of a camera.
  • WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO TRY? I’m an actor, I want to try everything!
  • MY FAVORITE MUSIC: Depending on the mood, of course…
  • Bach (most any work of Papa Bach). His music is the balanced blend of the intellectual/spiritual/physical/emotional life.
  • Stravinsky – my dad taught me to read an orchestral score with Petroushka when I was 7.
  • Salsa and flamenco to dance to
  • Whichever composer I am studying, learning or working with at any given moment. You have to fall in love with your work (your script, your score).
  • FAVORITE SINGERS: Cesarea Evora, Natalie Dessai, Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Buika, Barbara Cook.
  • MY FAVORITE MOVIES:
  • On the Waterfrontfor it’s gritty real drama (and Brando, of course)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth( for its total engagement of your imagination)
  • Pinocchio(first movie I ever saw. It made an honest person of me)
  • MY FAVORITE PLAYWRIGHTS:        The Bard, Molière, Tennessee Williams, Sophocles, Sarah Ruhl and many others who bring Truth to the stage.
  • PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE THE MOST:
  • People who have lost everything and continue to live a life without regrets (like my father and mother).