PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Brooks Ashmanskas

By Ernio Hernandez
12 Jan 2010

Brooks Ashmanskas
Brooks Ashmanskas

Brooks Ashmanskas who co-stars in the current Broadway revival of Present Laughter fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.


Full given name: Brooks Ashmanskas
Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon
Audition song: Ask any casting director...they've heard me "sing" "Orange Colored Sky" over and over again for nearly 20 years!
Special skills: Walking right past any gym and heading straight to a cheese shop.
First Broadway show ever saw: A Chorus Line.....life-altering.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I actually saw it, but I would sit through the first 5 minutes of the original production of Dreamgirls daily if I could.
MAC or PC? PC....because I'm old and fear being popular.
Most played song on your iPod: I just got an iPod for Christmas (again: I'm old) and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" has been getting a lot of play....mostly because I can't get it to stop! (I'm a loser).
Last book you read: I just reread Roth's "American Pastoral" and am in the middle of Paul Rudnick's "I Shudder." I'd recommend both.
Must-see TV show: "Antiques Roadshow"
Last good movie you saw: I liked "Up in the Air" and "Every Little Step."
Favorite card game: Poker
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Jessica Molaskey
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Is "Project Runway" still pop culture?
First stage kiss: I can't remember, but I think it was with this girl Kathy in high school. She was Charity Barnum to my P.T. Barnum. I was 15. Can you imagine the performance?
Favorite pre-show meal: It varies. Green Symphony's chicken salad and a pineapple and ice blended drink is good for pre-show.
How you got your Equity card: Understudying Off-Broadway in The Holy Terror, a short-lived Simon Gray play at the Promenade Theatre.
Worst flubbed line: It would take forever to set up, but it was in The Ritz a couple years ago. My line was supposed to be, "It's me, Bunny, BRICK!" and I said (with the whole cast onstage and in front of a full house at Studio 54) "It's me, Bunny, BROOKS!" (I should just get out of the business.)
Worst costume ever: My friend (and director) Nicholas Martin came to see me in the Cinderella tour years ago in Boston and we met at a restaurant after. When I joined him there, the first thing he said was: "Well, I think you have a lawsuit on your hands for that costume."
Pets' names: My dog's name is Henry. He's the only one in New York who truly gets me.....telling, isn't it?
Favorite junk food: Yes
Worst job you ever had: I sold women's shoes in the 80's for almost a whole day before walking out.
What presently makes you laugh? If the mirror in my bathroom is at just the right angle, I can catch sight of my naked profile as I dry my calves: Not since "Orca!"