PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Once Cast Member Katrina Lenk

By Matthew Blank
28 Jan 2014

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Oh jeysus who can remember back that far? Might have been that German band Nena ..."99 Luftballons." When are THEY making a comeback?
What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? Goody Proctor in The Crucible when I was 16 (I had no idea what "I cannot judge you, John" meant, though I really tried).

Also memorable was my high school musical West Side Story wherein I passionately wanted to play Maria and was instead given Anita- oh how I wept! But the free-wheeling, sexually-liberated woman was born. Hallelujah! Wait, what?

First stage kiss: Same West Side Story as mentioned above. I was Anita (me, weird girl) and I had to kiss Bernardo (him, popular boy) in front of the entire school. Over 2,000 teenagers. Sigh.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I can't pinpoint this moment. It has just always been there, I think? Oh my poor parents.
How you got your Equity card: I worked for a long time acquiring points doing Equity theatre in the midwest. I think it was a production of La Cage in Chicago that finally put me into full union status. And full drag status. Did I just say that?
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) One that doesn't give me GAAAAASSSSS.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Water. Jeez that's boring. I also really like whiskey. And scotch. And red wine. And tequila. And a martini. Thanks.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I haven't got anything ritualistic. Save for trying to get my damn face on in time for places.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Linda Lovelace in Lovelace: A Rock Opera
Craziest audition story: Well I haven't got a crazy story but here's a stupid one: auditioning for a spy in a dramatic film. Eastern European director, with accent and utmost seriousness, in a black leather jacket: "Can you move eyes more like spy, move them left and right, like this?" (moving his eyes left and right, like a Felix the Cat clock). And I DID.
What has been the biggest challenge about this project? Hmm. The biggest challenge I'm finding in every project is wrestling with my own head- add to this the complication of playing an instrument, and oh lord help me.
Most fulfilling or fun aspect about the project: Getting to play with a bunch of fiercely talented musician/actors who have also become some of my favorite people.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: One time in a production of Cabaret, as Sally explaining Ernst's whole smuggling business, I blanked, lost all motor control, cracked an entire raw egg by mistake into Cliff's glass, and hollered the word "HORNSWOGGLED!" in such a confident way that it must be sufficient to end the story. I was devastated and Cliff had to guzzle the raw egg but no one seemed to notice. Which in a way is kind of worse, isn't it?
Worst costume ever: 'Twas for a dance number in a Christmas music revue. And I say this with much love. We were clad in shiny white lycra unitards (unfortunately unintentionally see-thru) that had flying-squirrel-like extra fabric between the arms and legs in an attempt to make us look like snowflakes.

Also, I believe we had gold wrapping paper bows attached to said unitard. And top hats. At one point we had to scoot on our butts in this dance. We did not look like snowflakes. But boy did we laaaaaaugh.

Worst job you ever had: I've kinda lucked out here. The worst one was maybe cleaning toilets at a movie theatre. But I was so glad to be getting a paycheck I didn't really mind that much.
Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about? Well, there's my solo music project, which is constantly morphing, but these days is kind of like a sung-thru one woman show thing. I dunno. It's called Moxy Phinx. I write, produce, record and arrange all the music and design the "costumes" and direct and perform it all solo so I weep every time I am in preparation for a gig: Whose idea was this anyway?! Oh right. Mine.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Mary Queen of Scots
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: Richard III. Also, James Bond.
Something about you that surprises people: I have an often crippling battle with self-doubt. Sigh. But maybe that's not surprising to anyone at all. More than likely, people would be surprised to hear that I think they would be surprised to hear that I often have a crippling battle with self-doubt.
Something you are incredibly proud of: That I finally finished this questionnaire!
Something you're embarrassed to admit: That it took me a week to finish this questionnaire!
Career you would want if not a performer: An astronaut
Three things you can't live without: Laughing. My best friend. Music.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Try to be a good person as much as you try to be a good performer.