Previous stage work includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Arena Stage), The Chosen and Gary (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Girl, 20 (Serendipity Theatre, L.A. remount); A Man for All Seasons (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Last Supper (Infusion Theatre) and Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass Theatre).
He has appeared on screen in "Chicago Fire," "According to Jim," "The Chicago Code," "Public Enemies" and "The Dilemma."
|Full given name:||Madison Key Dirks|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My mother works in Human Resources at Tulane University in New Orleans. My father was a lawyer.|
|Siblings:||5 total: 3 brothers, 2 sisters.|
|Special skills:||I hope to put "bluegrass banjo" as my answer to this one day.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Bluegrass banjo|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Big River in 1985.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||Man, oh man. It would have to be Kazan's production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947.|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?||Is Brando's name ever not mentioned here?|
|Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:||I haven't gotten a chance to see any shows just yet, but I'm dying to see Mike Shannon and Kate Arrington in Grace.|
|Some favorite modern playwrights:||Martin McDonagh, Bruce Norris, Tracy Letts.|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||I wouldn't have minded having had a lanky-tall-man tussle with Jimmy Stewart.|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||August: Osage County at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theater in Chicago, 2007.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||"Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver is pretty up there in the play count number.|
|Last book you read:||"Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen"|
|Must-see TV show(s):|| "Louie"
"Parks and Recreation"
|Last good movie you saw:||"Killer Joe" Boy, I'm really waxing Tracy Letts' car with this Cue & A, huh?|
|Worst job you ever had:||Making and packaging frozen daiquiris in a warehouse in South Louisiana.|
|How does it feel to be making your Broadway debut?||It ain't bad. It...ain't...bad.|
|Other Albee plays/roles you'd love to take on at some point in life:||I had always wanted to play George actually, but I just don't know if I can do it after this production. I don't know, check in with me again in 15 years.|
|Leading man role you've been dying to play:||Boy, I'd love to play Valene in The Lonesome West.|
|Three things you can't live without:||My family, LSU Football, New Orleans Saints Football|
|"I'll never understand why…"||… people text in theaters. NEVER.|
|Words of advice for aspiring performers:||Live in a city that you love. It makes the waiting bearable. And there will be a lot of waiting.|