PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Marin Hinkle, Star of Lincoln Center Theater's Luce

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29 Oct 2013

Marin Hinkle
Marin Hinkle

Theatre favorite Marin Hinkle, who stars in Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 world premiere of Luce, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Hinkle has appeared on Broadway in Electra, A Thousand Clowns and The Tempest. Off-Broadway work includes RX (Primary Stages), The Dybbuk (Public Theater), Miss Julie (Rattlestick), The Fourth Sister (Vineyard), Blue Window (Barrow Group), Sabina (Primary Stages), Jayson with a "Y" (New Group), The Changeling (TFANA) and Wonderful Time (WPA).

She has appeared on television in "Two and a Half Men" (nine seasons as Judith), "Once and Again" (Judy), "Brothers and Sisters," "Private Practice," "House," "ER," "Sarah Silverman Program," "Without a Trace" and many "Law & Order" editions.


Full given name: Marin Elizabeth Hinkle
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (parents were in the Peace Corps). Grew up and attended public schools in Newton, MA.
Zodiac Sign:Aries
What your parents did/do for a living: Mom is a judge. Dad is a retired college dean.
Siblings:Brother - Mark (we share a birthday interestingly, though are not twins)
Special skills:Very few sadly. Does double jointed count?
Something you're REALLY bad at:Trivial Pursuit - I have no memory for facts like that and get terribly flustered. Inevitably I wind up hiding in the bathroom.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Bob Fosse's Dancin'. I could not believe how those dancers moved.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I would see all the plays that my closest friends have performed in that I've missed. When you miss a loved one's show, you feel like you've missed out on a huge chapter of their life.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Last year I saw Sam Hunter's The Whale. I was utterly blown apart. Sam's writing. The cast. Davis McCallum's direction. If it returns, you MUST see it. Sam has new plays that I am sure will be coming to New York soon. See them all!
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Well, as kid I fantasized about being part of The Sound of Music. I wanted to have my own special imaginary singing family - swinging in trees in costumes made out of curtains, doing puppet shows with goats and singing lullabies every evening at big dinner parties.

I wanted Christopher Plummer to sing "Edelweiss" to me... (although I find it so interesting that he apparently hated doing this. What does that say about good acting?)

Favorite musicals: I just loved Once. I can't really sing well, so I have enormous respect for every musical I see. I look forward to seeing Fun Home, directed by the deeply talented Sam Gold. Singing is like flying to me - and I have always wanted to fly.
Some favorite modern plays: Oh, this is crazy - there are too many to list... Angels in America. Seven Streams of the River Ota. Circle Mirror Transformation. Clybourne Park. Tribes. August Osage County. Sight Unseen. What They Have.

I am going to work on Dinner With Friends after this and I am sure it will be added to the list...

Some favorite modern playwrights: Sam Hunter. Annie Baker. Tony Kushner. Donald Margulies. Caryl Churchill. Sarah Ruhl. Craig Lucas. Kate Robin. Kate Fodor. Amy Herzog. Bruce Norris. Richard Greenberg. David Lindsay-Abaire. David Weiner. Jessica Goldberg. Oh, the list goes on and on...
Broadway or screen stars you would most love to perform with: Lois Smith. Zoe Wanamaker. Patrick Stewart. Jane Alexander. Sean Penn. Robert De Niro. Frances McDormand. Laurie Metcalf. Laura Linney. Meryl Streep.
Actresses you've worked with who most inspire you: Jessica Hecht, Hope Davis, Marcia Debonis, and my dearest friend Vivienne Benesch
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I remember two actually from growing up. I lived in Boston and didn't see much professional theatre as a child. But I saw Cherry Jones play Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at ART and Linda Hunt in Mother Courage.

I was astounded by these performances. Who were these women??? I walked out of the theater realizing that I wanted to be an actress. (And being madly infatuated with the two of them.)

MAC or PC? Oh gosh, ask my friends. I am so lacking in any computer skills whatsoever. It's amazing I am able to do this for you. I hope I can send it back properly.
Most played song on your iPod: I don't have one. If I did, I wouldn't know how to use it.
Three favorite cities: New York. Boston. London.
First stage kiss: My childhood crush, Patrick McAllister. Fourth grade. He was The Music Man. I was Marian the Librarian.

Confession: He had actually "practiced" kissing me once before the show. We lived on the same block and played outside my house every day after school. He asked me to turn my head away from him one night before dinnertime because he wondered if my nose was crooked (it is). And then he stole a kiss and subsequently ran up the street to his house.

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