PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Once Tony Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis

By Matthew Blank
15 May 2012

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Atomic Tom
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Katy Perry's song, "Teenage Dream"
Favorite cities: New York City, Edinburgh, San Diego
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Alanis Morissette
First stage kiss Justin Martindale in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Baylor University
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Sitting in my dorm room, spring semester of Freshman year. I loved theatre so much it seemed like a trick to actually get to pursue it as a career until that moment.
What do you find most challenging or taxing about this project? Sitting still, then bursting into movement, then sitting still again is up there. Also, singing and playing the "Falling Slowly" finale simultaneously isn't a walk in the park for me.
Who were the first people you called/texted after learning of your nomination? I called Daddy and Mama, and I texted back Lelund Durond Thompson.
How did you celebrate the good news? I just tried to stay on top of all the wonderful calls, texts, emails, etc. Also, my husband Jordan made me strawberry pancakes, and I celebrated with my cast by doing the show!
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Juice Generation on 45th and 9th. Pretty much anything on their menu, but especially the Amazing Green Acai Bowl. I get pineapple on top.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Soda and cranberry, and caffeine free Diet Coke. I have lame allergies.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Vocal Coach Liz Caplan's adrenal gland filler-upper breathing exercise and violin warmups that sometimes include Orange Blossom Special and often Kreutzer arpeggios.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I was in high school playing the Madwoman in The Madwoman of Chaillot, and I happened to play the violin in that show as well. There was a handoff of the fiddle and in one performance, our hands slipped and the violin went crashing to the ground.

The crowd gasped. In my "maddest" fashion, I picked it up with my heart racing, noticed the end pin totally busted, and began playing anyway. It remarkably stayed in tune.

Worst costume ever: I played Athena in The Oresteia. I was painted gold. ALL OF ME. Even my hair.

It looked really cool, but it wasn't fun to "put on" every night. Or take off. Actually, it never really all came off for three weeks. It was worth it, though.

Worst job you ever had: It's a tie between doing math at an abysmal temp job (oy) and selling cowboy boots and belt buckles to rich corporates in suits on 59th St. My rancher grandad would have fallen out.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: I played Leonide in Triumph of Love. That chick never stops talking, or switching from being a man/woman. It's an amazing challenge, but a beast.
Favorite screen or commercial gigs: I did a "Fringe" episode that Michael Cerveris was on set for, so that was happy.

And I did a Crest commercial that never aired but I was in pajamas the whole time. Score.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Isabella in Measure for Measure and my biggie, Eliza in Pygmalion. Also, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Scarlett just crushed my dreams!
Something about you that surprises people: That I don't have an accent. But it comes out in no time if I'm talking on the phone to the (806) area code.
Career you would want if not a performer: Interior designer or theatrical producer
Three things you can't live without: My morning elixir (Protein Extreme Energy), my busted up hair dryer, a copy of Madeleine L'Engle's "Walking on Water"
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Set goals down in ink, do free work, let diligence and excellence be your constant companions. Work harder than you think is necessary.