PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mary Catherine Garrison

News   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mary Catherine Garrison Mary Catherine Garrison — who appears in the current Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Mary Catherine Garrison
Mary Catherine Garrison


Full given name: Mary Catherine Garrison
Hometown: Born in Mississippi and raised in New Orleans.
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (quadruple, in fact)
Special skills: Well, my minor in college was in oil painting, so I paint, draw and create any kind of craft - I make and design stationary, screen-print, sew, create cloth dolls, sew clothes from vintage patterns, cook, bake...I could go on and on. If I can — I will figure out a way to make anything.
First Broadway show ever saw: The Heiress with Cherry Jones and I will never forget it; it was an amazing night for me.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Oh, that's easy, that would be Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards in A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Favorite showtune: I don't really have a favorite, but I really like "Being Alive" from Company.
MAC or PC? I'm a MAC girl. Hardcore.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now it's Bessie Smith and Alice Coltrane. I love music from the 20s and 30s.
Last book you read: "A Moveable Feast" by Hemingway
Must-see TV show: "The Wire." RENT IT. And "Top Chef."
Last good movie you saw: "Piccadilly" from 1929 with Anna Mae Wong.
Favorite card game: I love all cards but the mother of all card games is Bridge, and I will happily spend the rest of my life learning to play it. I'm on a mission to make it cool again!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Willie Nelson
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Little Miss Perfect" on TLC. Somebody needs to stop me.
First stage kiss: In grad school at UCSD in a production of Charles Mee's Big Love.
Favorite pre-show meal: I have a huge appetite and love food, but I can't eat a lot before working, so its salad/edamame and miso soup from Kodama.
How you got your Equity card: I actually received my Equity card with my first show here in NYC - The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Worst flubbed line: During Assassins, I was onstage with Becky Baker and I said the first sentence of what was a relatively long monologue, at which point I went totally, completely, tragically blank. I didn't even know my own name. After what seemed like 3 hours of silence and 7,800 calories burned, and since my character was smoking a joint, I muttered some nonsensical phrases about peace and love and ran off the stage. Not my best moment – laughing.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I've only been on the original "Law & Order," about 10 years ago, and all I remember is that I was sad over my sister dying of heroin and I wore a horrible, horrible pale chartreuse sweater set.
Pets' names: Earl and Cricket.
Favorite junk food: Anything and I mean anything fried.
Worst job you ever had: In high school, I was the lone waitress at a small Chinese restaurant. There were roaches. Lots of them.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: There have been a number of them. Guest starring on "The Good Wife" and "30 Rock" this past year was wonderful. I also met one of my best friends when I was a series regular on "Inconceivable" on NBC. It was a fun show, and I loved being part of an ensemble cast.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play Hmm...weirdly enough I don't think I have a list of roles like that. I do have a soft spot for the Tennessee Williams' ladies, but I'm also a happy audience member for those. I loved seeing Cate Blanchett doing Streetcar last year at BAM. I thought both she and the production were just beautiful.
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