PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Zoe Kazan

By Ernio Hernandez
March 9, 2010

Zoe Kazan star of the new Broadway play A Behanding in Spokane fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.


Full given name: Zoe Swicord Kazan
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Audition monologue: Alison from John Osbourne's Look Back in Anger.
First Broadway show ever saw: I think it was Gypsy, with Tyne Daly, 1989. It made a huge impression on me. I was probably the only first grader whose favorite song was "Let Me Entertain You."
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original Streetcar, definitely.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Our Town. I've seen it twice, and I'll go again for Michael Shannon.
Favorite showtune: This is so hard. Maybe "He Wanted To Say" from Ragtime or "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors.
MAC or PC? A really beat-up white MacBook.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now, probably "To Live is to Fly" by Townes Van Zandt or "Sad Lisa" by Cat Stevens.
Web obsession: cuteoverload.com. I like the baby hedgehogs.
Last book you read: Kenny Turan's book "Free For All: Joe Papp, The Public, and The Greatest Theater Story Ever Told." It reads like a great detective story or romance novel. I couldn't put it down.
Must-see TV show: "Mad Men." "The Office." "Family Guy."
Last good movie you saw: On DVD: "A Matter of Life and Death." Also, "Dear Zachary," which is the best and most moving documentary I've seen in a long time.
Favorite board game: Scrabble, and its bastard little sister, Bananagrams.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Paul Dano.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Um, "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC?
First stage kiss: I think it was in Cyrano, in high school. I'm pretty sure we both had braces.
Favorite post-show meal: Rice pudding at The West Bank or a martini at Angus McIndoe's.
How you got your Equity card: Playing Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at The New Group.
Worst costume ever: Given how many plays in which I've had to appear naked or in my underwear, any costume that I get to keep on my body is a good one.
Pet's name: Our family dog is a five-pound toy poodle named Alice.
Favorite junk food: Pizza. Guacamole. Dumplings. I eat a lot of crap.
Who would play you in the movie? I'm going to go with Peter Dinklage.
Worst job you ever had: Helping foreign (think non-English-speaking) students write their application essays for graduate school. Demoralizing and possibly illegal.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Nora in Doll's House. I want to be referred to as someone's "little squirrel."
If you had to lose a limb, which would you be okay without? Does a toe count as a limb?