Cue & A: 2015 Tony Nominee Micah Stock on "The Fault In Our Stars," Crying and One Grisly Onstage Mishap

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Micah Stock, a 2015 Tony Award nominee for his performance in It's Only a Play, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Micah Stock
Micah Stock

This marks Stock's Broadway debut. Other stage work includes the Off-Broadway world premiere of Terrence McNally’s And Away We Go (The Pearl) and regional work at Sundance Theatre Lab, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Long Wharf Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Full given name: Micah Isaiah Stock
Where you were born/where you were raised: Dayton, Ohio
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
What your parents did/do for a living: They're both economists. Mom teaches, Dad researches. Both are awesome.
Siblings: Two older brothers and a younger sister. All are Jedis.
Special skills: Ear-snapping, a skill I picked up from my friend Jason Ralph.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Chilling out
Who were your major mentors/inspirations when first starting out?

"Star Wars," VHS tapes of movies from "Die Hard" to "Terms of Endearment" from Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, OH. The books that were constantly threatening to overtake my entire childhood home (and still are). In college — Chekhov, Shakespeare, my company of actors and faculty at SUNY Purchase, Kip Fagan.

First Broadway show you ever saw: The Producers — a week after Nathan and Matthew left!
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original production of Balm in Gilead.
Current/recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Hand To God. Every member of that cast is giving a balls-out performance.
Favorite modern plays/playwrights: Terrence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Dominique Morisseau, Annie Baker, Max Posner, Justin Kuritzkes, Diana Stahl, Amy Herzog, Frank Winters
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Madeline Kahn, Phil Hoffman
Personal acting idols or people you've worked with who you greatly admire: The entire cast of It's Only A Play — past and present — Madeline Kahn, James Spader, Philip James Brannon, Jeff Daniels, my best friend Chris Perfetti, Patricia Clarkson, Zoë Winters, Catherine Keener
The one performance – attended that you will never forget: The first preview performance of An Octoroon at Soho Rep
Music that makes you cry, any genre: I'm a pretty avid cryer — right now, Amen Dunes or Douglas Hodge's rendition of "I Am What I Am" from La Cage
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes. That one also makes me cry.
Most-visited websites: NYTimes, Grantland, The Sartorialist, Playbill
Last book you read: "I Am Sorry To Think I Have Raised a Timid Son" by Kent Russell
Must-see TV show(s): "Veep," "Transparent," "The Wire"
Last good movie you saw: Oh shit, there's a theme developing... "The Fault In Our Stars." They took something that could have been schlock and made an earnest, funny, difficult and heartwarming movie.
Some films you consider classics: "Star Wars IV-VI" (especially "Empire Strikes Back"), "Magnolia," "Waiting for Guffman," "Before Sunrise," "Blade Runner," Robert Altman's entire filmography — especially "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Nashville" and "Gosford Park"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: The Arcade Fire
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Street-wear blogs
Three favorite cities: NYC, Amsterdam, Dayton
Favorite sport/team/player: The only teams I sort of follow are the Brooklyn Nets and Ohio State Buckeyes. But "follow" is a strong word.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "The Greatest Dance Album In The World" — a 90s dance music compilation album
First stage kiss: I think it was probably when I was understudying a production of How To Succeed... in 9th grade.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. I think I got pretty method.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Pre-show: the webslinger, the energy bee or the Flu-buster from Green Symphony. Between shows: meatloaf from Joe Allen's. Post-show: an Old Fashioned with Bulleit Bourbon and the kale Caesar salad at Bar Centrale.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Beer
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: For IOAP — Nathan and I run our first scene most nights. But other than that we all sit around making each other laugh in the green room. Matthew is a gifted impressionist, but they're mostly of showbiz people that wouldn't mean anything to the outside world but are hilarious to all of us.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Vershinin in Three Sisters in college
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:

I got a haircut between shows for IOAP and my ear got sliced and it wouldn't stop actively bleeding before the evening show (or for several days after, actually). Even though I tried to bandage it...it bled through during my first scene, unbeknownst to me. I speak on the telephone and then hand it to Martin Short when he enters.

I handed him the phone and it was covered in blood. Luckily, Marty isn't squeamish and had a handkerchief and was able to wipe it off. Have you vomited yet?

Worst costume ever: The Tin Man costume I wore in a high school production of Wizard of Oz
Who have you played on “Law & Order”? What edition? Get this — I played an actor who was playing a rapist whilst a real rape occurred during the play my character was in. On "SVU," of course.
Craziest audition story: I walked for four hours the morning after Hurricane Sandy from my apartment in Red Hook to Midtown for a callback, was told, "Thank you" after only doing one of three sides and was so tired/crazy that I insisted on doing the other two.

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They said, "No, thank you". I said, "Well, I'm gonna do them anyway." And I did. And the reader, bless him, actually read with me. I do NOT recommend doing this.

Leading man role you've been dying to play: John Wilkes Booth in Assassins
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Arkadina in The Seagull
Who were the first people you called/texted after learning of your nomination? My mom
What has been the most surprising/fun part of the Tony Nominee experience so far? Getting to meet all the other nominees has been the most fun.
What has been the best part of the entire experience with this project? Learning from the best — I am surrounded by experts in their respective fields at IOAP.
Something about you that surprises people: I played football for five years. And was pretty good.
Something you are incredibly proud of: My cat, Gunnar. And my friends.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I have seen "The Fault In Our Stars." And liked it.
Career you would want if not a performer: Teacher
Three things you can't live without: Friends/Family, Nature, Emergen-C
"I'll never understand why…" … some people try to get on the subway before letting other people out.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Be as bold as you are kind and as kind as you are bold.

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