PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Maria Dizzia

By Ernio Hernandez
24 Nov 2009

Maria Dizzia
Maria Dizzia

Maria Dizzia who co-stars in the new Broadway play In the Next Room, or the vibrator play fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.


Full given name: Maria Teresa Dizzia
Hometown: Cranford, NJ
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Audition monologue: Emma from Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls
First Broadway show ever saw: Cats
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Uta Hagen in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Circle Mirror Transformation
Favorite show tune: Every song from Cabaret
MAC or PC? Mac, but I'm writing this on my mom's PC.
Most played song on your iPod: "Sophisticated Boom Boom" by The Shangri-Las and "There is No Sun" by Jay Reatard
Web obsession: tinyartdirector.blogspot.com (start at the bottom and work your way back to the most recent post) and tavi-thenewgirlintown.blogspot.com (I want to be her when I grow up.)
Last book you read: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
Must-see TV show: "30 Rock"
Last good movie you saw: "Amarcord" on DVD
Favorite card game: Spit
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Peggy Shaw
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Bejeweled Blitz 2
How you got your Equity card: My Three Angels and I Hate Hamlet at Summer Theater Mount Holyoke
Worst onstage mishap: In Two Gentlemen of Verona at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, I started a quick-change too early. I heard Launce, Aaron Cabell, reciting a random sonnet onstage, got back in my nightgown and ran on with the back of it attached to my wig. And then I had a coughing fit.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I played the girlfriend of a suspect on "Law & Order: CI." And a meth-addicted prostitute on "Law & Order" regular.
Worst costume ever: Green and white muumuu as Princess Ozma
Favorite junk food: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Who would play you in the movie? Zoe Lister-Jones
Worst job you ever had: Selling lingerie at Bloomingdale's. During a sale a woman leaned towards me and said, "I'd hate to see you under real pressure."
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Getting my neck and shoulders cast in latex so I could be my own headless body on "Fringe."
Would Eurydice and Mrs. Daldry, your character in In the Next Room, get along: I don't know if they would get along, but they both love reading the Greeks.