PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Wild With Happy's Sharon Washington

By Matthew Blank
09 Oct 2012

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Tina Turner
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Walking Dead"
Favorite cities: San Francisco, Minneapolis and New York, of course!
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: The Christmas Pageant in church when I always wanted the little piece of paper with the most lines on it.
Favorite liquid refreshment: A fine cabernet
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Singing gospel music
Worst job you ever had: Having to sell ANYTHING on commission. Convincing people to buy stuff they didn't need actually made me cry.
What drew you to this project? The opportunity to work with the amazing Colman Domingo on his newest play and to be a part of creating a role from its inception - literally page to stage.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Esther in Intimate Apparel
Some favorite screen or commercial roles: George Clooney's character's assistant "Pam" in "Michael Clayton"
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? What edition? I've played six different roles on all three editions over the years.

My first was as a mom whose son was killed on the original “Law & Order" mothership, and just recently I was a judge on "Law & Order: SVU," following in the footsteps of other thespian judges like Lynn Thigpen, John Cullum and Judith Light, among others. Some very distinguished company!

Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Lady Macbeth
Leading man role you wish you could play: Henry V
Something about you that surprises people: I'm pretty funny. And loud.
"I'll never understand why…" … people still don't turn their cellphones off at the theatre. Are you a doctor on call? Do you really need to be that accessible for the next 2 hours?
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Learn your craft, but experience the world. Don't be a "one trick pony" - expand your horizons beyond just "the business." Seek out and talk to people other than actors, people who have different interests and passions - you'll be amazed and surprised by what inspires you. Your work as a performer will be richer and deeper and you will in turn inspire others.