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Bridget Beirne Answers the Proust Questionnaire


Bridget Beirne as Patsy Cline.

Bridget Beirne will be playing Patsy Cline in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. She received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Performance for her work in the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Violet, and IRNE Award nominations for her work in Parade (SpeakEasy Stage), Funny Girl and My Fair Lady (Fiddlehead Theatre). She has performed in numerous off Broadway productions, including at the York Theatre, NY Fringe Festival, and Symphony Space; and at numerous regional theatres, including the Goodspeed Norma Terris Theatre, the Cape Playhouse, Fiddlehead Theatre, Worcester Foothills and American Stage Festival.

What is your definition of misery?
Eternal gym class.

What is your greatest fear?
Outliving my loved ones.

What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
Violet with SpeakEasy Stage Company. Got my Equity card doing Lizzie Borden at the Goodspeed Norma Terris Theatre

Are you a good at waiting tables?
I am the opposite of good at waiting tables. I am LOUSY at waiting tables. I used to ask for people NOT to be seated in my section. Too easily overwhelmed.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Can it be a group? I feel my own history when I read about Irish and Italian immigrants.

Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
Artistic Directors of Regional Theatres. They carry the banner.

Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
The Obamas.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Confidence.

What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
Humility.

Your favorite painter?
Vincent Van Gogh. Can’t go wrong with a classic…

Your favorite musician?
Joni Mitchell. Stevie Wonder. Karen Carpenter. And of course, Patsy Cline!

Your favorite playwright?
Arthur Miller

When and where were you happiest?
My first summer at the Cape Playhouse when I met the love of my life, Tom Frey. It’s just gotten better ever since.

What do you most value in colleagues?
Artistic integrity, hard work and ZERO sense of entitlement.

Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
Ironically, High School English. Damn you, Cliff Notes… I hope I’ve made up for it since.

If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
Test new products for Estee Lauder. How girlie is THAT…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Don’t know yet…

What you’d like to be the world’s best at?
Huh. Other than interpersonal relationships, Skeeball?

What book would you read more than once?
Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller. The story of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. And Honky Tonk Angel by Ellis Nassour, about the life of Patsy Cline. Fascinating.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Lauren Graham. I hope one day to be that adorably spunky.

What sports teams do you follow?
If I’m honest and say the Yankees, how hurt will I get??

Where would you like to spend a vacation?
Paris, Cape Cod, my couch.

What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
I don’t know much about cars, but I dig the N train.

What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
I haven’t forgiven myself for missing Brian Dennehey’s Death of a Salesman.

If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
I’ve always felt I should have been around for flower power and the Summer of Love.

What actor will see in any project they do?
I don’t think I have any one actor I follow religiously. I am constantly impressed by actors.

Bridget Beirne will be performing the title character in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.

A Closer Walk With Patsy Clinenews wire, Bridget Beirne Proust questionnaire, preview photos
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