By Matthew Blank
09 Apr 2013
Jones has appeared on Broadway in Hair (Mother, Buddhadalirama) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (u/s, performed Lucia).
Other theatre work includes Hello Again (The Actress) at Transport Group, A Christmas Story (Mother), Sylvia (Sylvia) and The King and I (Anna), among others.
|Full given name:||Rachel Bay Jones. The middle name is that of my beloved grandfather, Harry Bay Jones, Jr. He was a tough, joke-telling Midwesterner with a butterball heart, who told me to save my money (sorry, Papa), and follow my dreams.|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Born in NYC, raised mostly in Sunny Florida. My family all lives on Maui now, and that’s been my “hometown” for awhile.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My parents are Shakespearean actors turned health food store proprietors. Back in the day my mother Mona Feit did a production of Chekhov’s The Boor, produced by none other than Fran and Barry Weissler, who I work for now in Pippin. All in the family.|
|Siblings:||Darren, my beautiful brother, who never caught the show biz bug. (He’s the smart one.)|
|Current audition song/monologue:||Oy. Auditioning.|
|Special skills:||I have no skills.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Pirouettes! I get dizzy and fall down, usually giggling, like when I was six.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||La Cage aux Folles. My progressive Nana took me at a completely inappropriate age. My jaw was unhinged, and I spent the whole show trying to figure out where the boys were.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||The Music Man with Robert Preston|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||Passion, Hello Again, Shrek. I loved Shrek.|
|Some favorite classic musicals:||King and I, 1776, Guys and Dolls|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||So many. Gene Kelly! But I think the klutzy-pirouette thing would’ve gotten in the way of our working relationship.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC. So pretty.|
|Last book you read:||"Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin. I read it almost every year.|
|Must-see TV show(s):||
Ok, here's the thing: the only television shows I really watch are nature documentaries where the narrator has a soothing (preferably British) voice and the camera shots are long and slow. |
It's stressful living and working in Manhattan, and I like to use my TV like a big picture window into the woods, or the porthole of a submarine! So, right now it's David Attenborough, "Blue Planet." Gorgeous.
|Last good movie you saw:||It's crazy, but it's rare for me to watch anything other than cartoons, sci-fi or superhero movies. But I did see "Lincoln" and loved it.|
|Some films you consider classics:||
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"
"The Purple Rose of Cairo"
"The Sound of Music"
|Three favorite cities:||Detroit, NYC, and does the whole island of Maui count?|
|Favorite sport/team/player:||My boyfriend Benim Foster keeps begging me to find an interest in any sport so we will have something in common other than acting. I am thinking men’s water polo. I could get on board with watching shirtless men splash around for an hour or so. It’ll bring us closer together as a couple.|
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