STAGE VIEWS: How to Be a New Yorker Star Margaret Copeland

By Andrew Gans
January 5, 2013

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from actress Margaret Copeland, who is currently starring in Off-Broadway's How to Be a New Yorker at Sofia's Downstairs Theater.



What show recently impressed you?
Just saw Newsies and was very impressed! Those guys on stage gave their all and were having so much fun. The energy and chemistry on stage was tangible, and I wanted to be a part of it! That, for me, is why I love the theatre, because there is this experience happening between humans so close that you can actually feel it.

What production are you most excited to see?
Matilda. I read it as a child and loved the movie. I was fascinated by the outrageous but authentic worlds and the characters Roald Dahl created. I love experiences that bring me back to my childhood where I first learned to create characters.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I would love to be the girl playing all the characters in 39 Steps. I remember seeing it, laughing so hard and thinking, "This, this is the type of theatre I want to do!" The characters, the drama, the comedic timing to me seemed like magic! I love popping in and out of characters and making people laugh. It would be a dream to be a part of that show.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
Right now I am starring with Kevin James Doyle in How 2 B A New Yorker, an Off-Broadway comedy at Sofia's that he and I co-wrote. It is a fun tour through NYC history, stereotypes and experiences told through sketches, stories and interviews. We get to play over 40 different characters making fun of New Yorkers and tourists and ourselves. Every night is fun and different because we play off the audience and each other and get laughs in places we didn't know we were funny. Theatre is always exciting that way. The audience is a character!