PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike's Shalita Grant

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26 Mar 2013

Shalita Grant
Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant, making her Broadway debut in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other theatre credts include The Philanderer (Pearl Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater); Roxy Font (FringeNYC), Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre), The Laramie Project (England), Unaccompanied Minors (Vanguard Arts), The Children’s Hour (Everyman Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun, Into the Woods (Mainstage Theater) and Body and Soul (Baryshnikov Arts Center).

Grant has appeared on screen in "Empire Corner," "Invisible," "Rehearsing a Dream" and "The Good Wife."


Full given name: Shalita Faunya Lereane Grant... needless to say, I hate the 2nd and 3rd name and have every intention to get rid of them.
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Baltimore but moved to Virginia when I was 5. I stayed there until I was 15 and then moved back to Baltimore to finish high school.
Zodiac Sign:Virgo, although I'm still not quite sure what that means.
What your parents did/do for a living:My mom is a beautician, my dad is a salesman.
Siblings:I'm the oldest of 9. Although I'm the only biological child between my parents. All my siblings are half, step and adopted.
Something you're REALLY bad at: 1. Math 2. Remembering birthdays 3. Knowing when someone's flirting with me.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Translations, the show... I can read the question just fine smile
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Oh my god. Okay so I would NEED to see Josephine Baker in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 AND August: Osage County (I missed that run because I was very caught up in school).
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: I recommend Hands on a Hardbody (I just saw it) and then I'd be like, "But if you were really my friend you'd see MY show..." (kidding, sort of).
Some favorite musicals: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Evita
Some favorite modern plays: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Brokeology, Clybourne Park
Some favorite modern playwrights: Christopher Durang, Tracy Letts, Theresa Rebeck, Katori Hall, Nathan Jackson
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Truthfully, it doesn't matter what genre, if I hear something and it speaks to me I am bound to cry. So, love lost, or the singer saying they'd love the person in spite of themselves, those are themes that touch me.
MAC or PC? My heart says MAC but my wallet is all about the PC.
Most played song on your iPod: Hahahaha, I legit just checked my "Top 25 Most Played" and the first three are:

1. "Radio" by Beyonce
2. "Video Phone" by Beyonce
3. "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO.

Not sure what that says about me...actually, I think I do.

Most-visited websites: Okay this is easy:

NY Times (theater section)

Last book you read: "Home" by Toni Morrison. Between books, I read the New Yorker (I so hope this makes up for my iTunes most played).
Must-see TV show(s): "Shameless" is a MUST! And "Enlightened" (but they canceled it... WHHYYYY??)
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Bravo. I am a junkie and Andy "Cohens" is my boo! (I made his last name plural on purpose, it's this cute thing that we do, only he doesn't know me and doesn't know that I do that.)
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