PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Star Madison Dirks

By Matthew Blank
18 Dec 2012

Madison Dirks
Madison Dirks

Madison Dirks, who plays Nick in the current Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Previous stage work includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Arena Stage), The Chosen and Gary (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Girl, 20 (Serendipity Theatre, L.A. remount); A Man for All Seasons (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Last Supper (Infusion Theatre) and Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass Theatre).

He has appeared on screen in "Chicago Fire," "According to Jim," "The Chicago Code," "Public Enemies" and "The Dilemma."



Full given name: Madison Key Dirks
Where you were born/where you were raised: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Zodiac Sign:Virgo
What your parents did/do for a living:My mother works in Human Resources at Tulane University in New Orleans. My father was a lawyer.
Siblings:5 total: 3 brothers, 2 sisters.
Special skills:I hope to put "bluegrass banjo" as my answer to this one day.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Bluegrass banjo
First Broadway show you ever saw: Big River in 1985.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Man, oh man. It would have to be Kazan's production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? Is Brando's name ever not mentioned here?
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I haven't gotten a chance to see any shows just yet, but I'm dying to see Mike Shannon and Kate Arrington in Grace.
Some favorite modern playwrights: Martin McDonagh, Bruce Norris, Tracy Letts.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: I wouldn't have minded having had a lanky-tall-man tussle with Jimmy Stewart.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: August: Osage County at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theater in Chicago, 2007.
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver is pretty up there in the play count number.
Last book you read: "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen"
Must-see TV show(s): "Louie"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Mad Men"
"Breaking Bad"
"30 Rock"
Last good movie you saw: "Killer Joe" Boy, I'm really waxing Tracy Letts' car with this Cue & A, huh?
Worst job you ever had: Making and packaging frozen daiquiris in a warehouse in South Louisiana.
How does it feel to be making your Broadway debut? It ain't bad. It...ain't...bad.
Other Albee plays/roles you'd love to take on at some point in life: I had always wanted to play George actually, but I just don't know if I can do it after this production. I don't know, check in with me again in 15 years.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Boy, I'd love to play Valene in The Lonesome West.
Three things you can't live without: My family, LSU Football, New Orleans Saints Football
"I'll never understand why…" … people text in theaters. NEVER.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Live in a city that you love. It makes the waiting bearable. And there will be a lot of waiting.