Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spotlight On...Joan Shepard

Name: Joan Shepard

Hometown: NYC

Education:
Professional Children's School, Hunter College, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Favorite Credits: Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion In Winter, Frankie Addams in Member of the Wedding, Princess Puffer in Drood, the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet.

Why theater?: When I sat backstage at the 51st St Theatre, waiting to go on as an extra in Olivier's Romeo & Juliet. became entranced with the magic surrounding me. I was 7.  Now I am 81 & I am still entranced.

Tell us about Confessions of Old Lady #2?:  Is my answer to having work at my age. I still get the odd tv job, but Iove sharing my stories & getting laughs. The show consists of  my life in the biz, illustrated with (hopefully) witty songs.

What inspired you to write Confessions of Old Lady #2?: My colleagues at the 12th Night Club asked me to tell my story as an evening's entertainment,so I went all the way with it.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: All kinds of theatre speaks to me. I go see everything I can.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?:
My two major inspirations have been Judy Garland and Geraldine Page.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I have been recommending A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder to one and all.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?:
I'd pick Liza Minnelli to play me.  And I would stay with the current title.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: My biggest guilty pleasure is watching whatever comes up on AMC.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: Don't have an iTunes.

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: Dead.

What’s up next?: I have no idea.  And that's the fun of it.

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