PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Tribes Star Mare Winningham

By Matthew Blank
06 Mar 2012



Performer you would drop everything to go see: John Prine
Pop culture guilty pleasure: YouTube viral videos, magazines
Favorite cities: Rome, New York, Jerusalem
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Mom and Dad bought me the "Cabaret" soundtrack album. I bought Joni Mitchell's "For the Roses."
First stage kiss: High school, The Sound of Music. I played Maria and Kevin Spacey played Captain Von Trapp.

But maybe first, also high school, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, with Val Kilmer. I swear, both those shows happened.

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I saw the little girl who played Gretel in "The Sound of Music" movie. We were the same age, and I was jealous. "The sun, has gone, to bed and so must I..."
How you got your union card: I think it was 2 summers of L.A. Free Shakespeare, 35 or so years ago.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Soup and bread and wine at A.O.C. around the corner from the Barrow Street Theatre.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Late-morning double lattes from Amy's Bread or Joe's
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: In the past, when I was staying somewhere that had a television, I would crawl under the covers and watch "Cash Cab" for an hour, including a nap.

Presently, no television, I crawl under the covers and daydream/nap, maybe read the New York Times on my iPad.

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: There have certainly been many worse, but in a recent performance of Tribes, when I was supposed to say the words "star of the crown prosecution service," I said something that bore no resemblance to those words.
Worst costume ever: Polyester pants and turtleneck over fat suit in Side Man. But I asked for it, so...
What drew you to this role? Nina Raine's writing, David Cromer's Our Town
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Mary in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Joan of Arc, Racine's Athalie, Emily Dickenson in Belle of Amherst, Winnie in Beckett's Happy Days
Leading man role you wish you could play: Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
Something about you that surprises people: I have 5 children.
Career you would want if not a performer: Student of Judaic studies, world traveler. Can those be careers? Please?
Three things you can't live without: Trees, flowers, love letters
"I'll never understand why…" ... plastic surgery is so popular.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Use your tricks for good.