What is your definition of misery?
Having nowhere to turn.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing a child.
What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
1975 – I was 11 years old and got paid $106 to act in Caesar and Cleopatra with the Cleveland Playhouse.
Are you a good at waiting tables?
Don’t know – so far I’ve been lucky enough not to do it (when I was starting out I temped instead).
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
Do you mean fictional? then it’s Hamlet, Henry V, Edmund from Long Day’s Journey; if you mean theatre leaders (who are also “real”) then it would be Anne Bogart, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams – so many, really.
Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, my grandfather.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
I would have to say the Beatles, but they’re plural, so singular? Probably Yo Yo Ma.
Your favorite playwright?
When and where were you happiest?
That’s a secret.
What do you most value in colleagues?
Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Founding the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.
What you’d like to be the world’s best at?
What book would you read more than once?
Pride and Prejudice – I read it every two years or so
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
What a bizarre question. I’d play…myself…because that’s who I am.
What sports teams do you follow?
The Red Sox, and tennis, which isn’t a team, but I’m a huge fan.
Where would you like to spend a vacation?
I’ve never been to the Caribbean, so there – but Paris is my favorite city.
What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt.
If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
I’d like to meet Shakespeare and see how they made the plays.
What actor will see in any project they do?
Marianna Bassham – she’s the real deal.
Benjamin Evett will be performing in Opus at New Repertory Theatre.