PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Patrick Breen

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Patrick Breen
Patrick Breen — star of Broadway's new play Next Fall — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Patrick Breen
Patrick Breen

Full given name: Joseph Patrick Breen
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Audition monologue: Gene Hackman's TAKE ME! Speech in "The Poseidon Adventure"
Special skills: Can cook if there's a recipe.
First Broadway show ever saw: Pippin
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Moose Murders. Before Eve Arden quit.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: The Pride
Favorite showtune: "Wig in a Box." Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Most played song on your iPod: "Say Hey" - Michael Franti.
Web obsession: Hulu. ("Time Tunnel"!?! Looking forward to seeing "My Mother the Car" again.)
Last book you read: "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi" by Geoff Dyer.
Must-see TV show: "Firefly"
Last good movie you saw: "A Single Man"
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Dog Whisperer"
First stage kiss: Tony Goldwyn - The Sum of Us.
Favorite post-show meal: Roast chicken at Un Deux Trois.
How you got your Equity card: 1983. I was roommates with Bernie Telsey, he was working for Simon and Kumin casting. They were casting understudies for Brighton Beach Memoirs. Bernie and I both got the gig when the show was in San Francisco. I continued with the show when it came to Broadway, Bernie didn't, but his consolation was becoming the 19th most powerful person in the Broadway theatre.
Worst flubbed line: Broadway debut, I went on in Brighton Beach Memoirs. I got my first laugh from 1,200 people. I totally forgot what I was supposed to say next. Matthew Broderick saved me by skipping a whole bunch of lines and much of the plot. The audience didn't seem to notice. But I cut 15 minutes off the play's running time.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? Lawyer. Three or four times. Mothership.
Worst costume ever: Full chicken suit. Jon Robin Baitz' Coq au Vin.
Pets' names: George Orwell. Salamander.
Favorite junk food: Coconut milk-based ice cream from Stogo, East Village.
Who would play you in the movie? Hillary Swank.
Worst job you ever had: Brew and Burger. Defunct Times Square Restaurant Chain. Thieves would slip into our tables and steal tips. Fleet week sailors would sit for hours for the no limit beer. and then not tip. There's another funny Bernie Telsey story here but it involves criminal activity and I'm not sure the limitation statute has expired.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Toss-up: "21 Jump Street" - High school baseball pitcher in the witness protection program - or "Spencer for Hire" - Standup comedian with amnesia.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: George - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
What role are you most recognized for? Is it a curse or a blessing? Quellek, alien from the movie "Galaxy Quest." An absolute blessing. It gives me sci-fi cred.
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