PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Wild With Happy's Sharon Washington

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09 Oct 2012

Sharon Washington
Sharon Washington

Stage veteran Sharon Washington, who returns to the Public Theater this week in Colman Domingo's Wild With Happy, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Washington has appeared on Broadway as The Lady in The Scottsboro Boys.

Public Theater credits include Lady Anne to Denzel Washington's Richard III, Valeria to Christopher Walken's Coriolanus and Lady Helen in Cymbeline with Joan Cusack. She was also in the Public’s award-winning adaptation of Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by George C. Wolfe, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Stuff Happens directed by Daniel Sullivan. She was nominated for an Audelco Award for her performance in Fear Itself directed by Joe Morton.

She has appeared on screen in "Damages," "Royal Pains," "Taking Chance," "Michael Clayton," "The School of Rock," "Rocksteady," "Two Mothers," "Half Nelson," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "The Confession," "Malcolm X," "Die Hard With A Vengeance," "Cosby," "Guiding Light" and "One Life to Live."


Full given name: Sharon Priscilla Washington
Where you were born/where you were raised: New York City - inside the St. Agnes Branch of the NY Public Library on Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.

My father was the custodian, and we lived in an apartment on the top floor inside the library. Yes, I'm writing a children's book about it and yes, I love books and still surround myself with them. I can't imagine life without them.

Zodiac Sign:Virgo
What your parents did/do for a living:My dad was a custodian and a cook, and my mom was a secretary.
Siblings:I'm an only child and still a Daddy's girl.
Special skills: That's a secret.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Geography and therefore directions. I am navigationally challenged. Thank God for GPS!
First Broadway show you ever saw: Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater transfer)
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? Cicely Tyson and Madge Sinclair. It was the first time I'd seen dark brown-skinned actresses regularly on television. They were so talented and beautiful and full of pride and grace. I wanted to be them.
Recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Clybourne Park
Some favorite musicals: Dreamgirls, Evita
Some favorite modern plays: Intimate Apparel, Ruined, Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Patti LuPone as Evita. She was simply electric and I kept going back... I was blown away!
Most played song on your iPod: "Peaceful Living" by Natalie Cole
Most-visited websites: IMDB
Last book you read: "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia
Must-see TV show(s): “American Horror Story”
Some films you consider classics: "All About Eve"
"The Godfather" Parts 1 and 2
"Young Frankenstein"
"Lady Sings the Blues"
"The Verdict"
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