PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Grace Star Kate Arrington

By Matthew Blank
11 Dec 2012

Last good movie you saw: "A Cat in Paris" (I haven't seen a grown-up movie in awhile.)
Some films you consider classics: "Bringing Up Baby
"Rear Window"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: David Bowie
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Dr. Katz" and "Arrested Development" (and I don't feel guilty!)
Favorite cities: New York, Chicago, Barcelona
Favorite sport/team/player: What? Which? Who?
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Free to Be You and Me" (thank you, Marlo)
First stage or screen kiss: It was playing Liat in South Pacific when I was 14. That's right, it was North Carolina and I painted on the eyes.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: It'll come soon.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: I'll take french fries from anywhere.
Favorite liquid refreshment: I like the sparkly.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Paul Rudd gets a big fat hug.
Most challenging role you've played: Cora in Iceman Cometh was pretty tough- not for the role necessarily, just the endurance it takes to do a five-hour play.
Craziest audition story: A certain Russian director never looked up and never stopped speaking full-voice in Russian to his assistant throughout my entire audition.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Someone vomited over the edge of the mezzanine last night.
Worst job you ever had: A restaurant on the Upper West Side where we had to fill the ketchup out of huge plastic bags that hung on the wall in the basement.
Do you find there to be any major difference between performing for Broadway audiences and performing for Chicago audiences? I thought there would be, but they're both great. In New York, you tend to get more of the general enthusiasm of first-time theatre goers.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? Ed Asner
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: I'm waiting for Richard Greenberg to write it.
Something about you that surprises people: I love dumb, funny movies.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Sylvia Grace Arrington Shannon
Something you're embarrassed to admit: It's someone I dated, but I'm not ready to admit it yet.
Career you would want if not a performer: If I could think of one, I'd be it.
Three things you can't live without: My family, lattes and Fairway (I'm living it...)
"I'll never understand why…" … the MTA can't put time boards in all the train stations.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Don't be a waiter. And I don't mean the people who serve food. Find things to do for yourself and great people to do them with.