Friday, October 14, 2016

Spotlight On...Jill Bianchini

Name:  Jill Bianchini

Hometown:  Cheltenham, PA

Education:  NYU (Drama)

Favorite Credits:  Ann in Balm in Gilead, Suzy in Hot L Baltimore and Lee in Marvin's Room.

Why theater?: Because I love everything about it:  the first table read, the rehearsals, the research, the collaboration, putting on the costume for the first time, even the point during rehearsal when I feel lost can be exciting... and of course, the thrill of an audience.  But mostly, it's about the money.

Tell us about The Motherf**ker with the Hat?:  It's just good, wholesome family entertainment.  Bring the kids!  Kidding.  It's a dark comedy about love, fidelity, sobriety, friendship, moral codes and other hard things about being an adult.  It's funny, poignant and beautifully written.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?:  I just want to be moved.  I want to be entertained, to laugh, to be awed.  I am especially inspired by Lanford Wilson, John Patrick Stanley, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?:  I'd like to do a remake of Midnight Run with Cate Blanchett.

What show have you recommended to your friends?:  Any show directed by Peter Jensen.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?:  Bea Arthur (the Maude years).  "And Then There's Jill!"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: I'd see the original production of Runaways at The Public Theatre, because my sweetheart Evan Miranda was in it.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?:  Cookies and cocktails.

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

What’s up next?: Cookies and cocktails.

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