PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Suicide, Incorporated Star Gabriel Ebert

By Matthew Blank
November 15, 2011

Gabriel Ebert, currently appearing in the NYC premiere of Andrew Hinderaker's Suicide, Incorporated, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Ebert has appeared on Broadway in Roundabout's Brief Encounter. Other credits include 4000 Miles, The Sacrifices and Prometheus Bound.



Full given name: Gabriel Quinn Ebert
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Denver, CO. I grew up in a suburb outside of Denver up in the foothills, called Lakewood.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
What your parents did/do for a living: Dad's a minister, also a singer-songwriter and counselor.

Mom is an occupational therapist and she runs a business that specializes in a cellulite-reducing massage.

Current audition song/monologue: I tend to pull out "Good Thing Going" from Merrily We Roll Along a good amount. Luckily, I get to audition with my guitar a good amount now because of all of the rock musicals, so I pull out a little Radiohead or Paul Simon.

I haven't auditioned with a monologue in ages, but I'd probably go for Prince Hal from Henry IV Part 1.

Special skills: Juggling, ukelele, I can recite all 50 states in one breath.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Whistling. And it depresses me so.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Thoroughly Modern Millie I believe, which is wild, because I got to work with Gavin Creel recently.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I have become good friends with an incredible actor named Brian Murray, and he originated one of my favorite roles of all time, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

If I could go back in time, I would certainly see him play that in 1967. I'd also just love to see New York in the summer of love.

Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Recently saw a new theatre company down in the East Village called Lesser America, and I thought that their show was hilarious and amazing. Really great young company.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Singin' in the Rain"
"Nobody's Fool" from "The Court Jester"
"The Old Red Hills of Home" from Parade
I always love "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls.
Some favorite musicals: I loved Rent in my day. I love Singin' in the Rain, I just think it's incredible.

Parade
The Last 5 Years
Sunday in the Park With George
My Fair Lady

Some favorite plays: Rosencrantz and Guldenstern Are Dead
The Seagull
Lobby Hero
Antony and Cleopatra
True West
Waiting for Godot
The Hairy Ape
Private Lives
Some favorite contemporary playwrights: I like Annie Baker, John Patrick Shanley, Amy Herzog, Tony Kushner, Sam Shepard, Nathan Jackson. I just love a good play.
Stars of the past or present you would most love to perform with: Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, The Marx Brothers, Monty Python.
The one performance — attended — that you will never forget: Ivanov up at Lake Lucille.

Brian Mertes, an amazing director and mind and man, with his wife Melissa Kievman, put up a Chekhov play at their house in Rockland County every summer. Just one week of rehearsal and one performance.

The community comes out, there's a potluck at intermission, it takes place outside, inside and around their house and this gorgeous lake, using the environment and the atmosphere. Anything goes. ASTONISHING! And Rob Campbell as Ivanov truly blew my fragile little mind.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: I'm a sucker for a sad, suicidal man and his guitar. Actual tears though? Maybe string quartets.
MAC or PC? MAC. Though I’m a bit of a Neanderthal when it comes to all that.
Most played song on your iPod: I do a lot of Nick Drake, maybe the song "Road."
Most-visited website: MLB.com (I love baseball) and then probably Gmail. Like I said... Neanderthal.
Last book you read: "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonnegut. I've been on a Vonnegut binge lately.
Must-see TV shows: "Arrested Development"
"The Cosby Show"
"The Muppets"
Last good movie you saw: It's been ages since I've been to the movies. Maybe "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Some films you consider classics: "Singin' in the Rain" (again)
"Pulp Fiction"
"The Court Jester"
"Taxi Driver"
"The Princess Bride"
Performers you would drop everything to go see: Bill Irwin, Thom Yorke, Tristan Sturrock
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Steely Dan
Favorite cities: I think I need to travel more. So far: New York, London, Edinburgh.
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball/Colorado Rockies.

But I love watching Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose play.

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Maybe "Dookie" by Green Day. Definitely a tape.
First stage kiss: Dinner With Friends, a scene in tenth grade for Scene Night at my high school.
How you got your Equity card: As the understudy for Eddie Redmayne in the play Red by John Logan.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Recently it's a bowl of shoyu ramen at Sapporo restaurant on 49th Street, near Broadway.
Favorite liquid refreshment: English Breakfast tea with a little milk and honey.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I'm a total nerd: tongue twisters and trills, a little self lesson, some sit-ups.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Missed an entrance completely doing Much Ado About Nothing at Chautauqua. Had to invent a reason to come onstage late. Mortified!
Worst costume ever: I was in a choir as a kid, and we had these terrible tri-color polos (pink-purple-green) that we had to wear with incredibly short white shorts. That was a staple for them, and boy did I loathe it.
Worst job you ever had: Mulching and installing sprinkler systems.
Leading man roles you've been dying to play: Elwood P. Dowd from Harvey. I'm too young though.
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Shakespeare's Cleopatra. She's got it all going on.
Something about you that surprises people: I asked my friends and got this: it surprises them that I get incredibly nervous when I sing in front of people, especially my own songs.
Something you are incredibly proud of: I'm not on Facebook!
Career you would want if not a performer: Shortstop in the major leagues
Three things you can't live without: Oxygen, water, potassium

OR: a guitar, my family, a lake to swim in

"I'll never understand why…" ... she swallowed a fly.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Listen largely, but take all advice with a grain of salt. It comes from a unique, personal experience, and yours will most certainly be different and unique itself.