As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other. I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature. Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
What is your favorite book series?
I am embarrassed to say I haven’t read any book series since I was a kid. So I suppose Harry Potter or Hunger Games!
Who is your favorite author? What makes them special to you?
Before quarantine I didn’t take the time to read and cultivate my literary interests. I would read only about 3-5 books a year. Since the initial stay at home order in March I have read 30 books! I haven’t made any serious relationships with authors yet, but I have found a deep crush for Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her book Daisy Jones and the Six is so unique and so much fun! I’ve read Maybe in Another Life and have on my TBR list The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I love how different all her books are!
What book inspires you and why?
I don’t think I have one specific book I am inspired by. I am really drawn to women’s stories written by women authors. I recently read A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum and truly is one of the best books I’ve read, I highly recommend.
Do you have a favorite genre bubble or are you adventurous?
I’m adventurous forsure! I was on a thriller kick for a while, but I’ll try any genre really.
Which literary character would you like to play?
I mean I know it’s already said and done, but I always wanted to be Katniss.
If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?
I played Whatshername in American Idiot in college and boy would I love to have her drive and thrill for life (minus the heavy drugs obvi)
What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?
I think it is in the works to be made into a movie but Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
What is the next book on your reading list?
Up next I have Girl A by Abigail Dean!
Have you ever thought about writing yourself?
haha No, I do not have the skills to be a writer, but sometimes I’ll write random thoughts/ poems in my notes tab in my phone, but I would never show anyone those.
What show are you currently in/what was the last show you were in and who did you play?
Before the lockdown I was one week into rehearsal of Kiss me Kate at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago! Praying we can all get back to doing what we love soon!
What is your favorite show you’ve been a part of and why?
I would have to say the show we did together! – “Guys and Dolls” at the Fulton. It was the year after I graduated college and the first time I was like “oh I am really doing this, this is my life”; I remember looking around and watching everyone perform and just being so excited I was in the room with such talented performers doing what I loved and trained my whole life to do.