Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spotlight On...Kerry Fitzgibbons

Name: Kerry Fitzgibbons

Hometown: Wilton, CT

Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Stella Adler and Experimental Theater Wing)

Select Credits: Falling (Mildred, The Connelly Theatre); GI Joe Jared (Julie, 59E59 Theatre); Fiction (Abby Drake, Gene Grankel Theatre)
Why theater?: I have loved theater since I could comprehend what it was. My mother brought me to see The Wizard of OZ at Wilton Children’s Theater when I was like 5 years old and the actors were gods to me. Keep in mind they were 4th thru 8th graders. I had to wait 4 long years to be eligible. My first show was a spoken version of Wagner’s "The Ring" (I kid you not) and I played a wave, a slave and a bird.

Tell us about 36 Hours:
36 Hours is a 40 minute roller coaster of emotion- its sexy, funny, dark, sad, dangerous. Annie and Patrick meet up in an airport hotel room after having a brief fling 4 years earlier. Neither has comprehended the profound impression they have made on each other’s lives.

What is it like being a part of 36 Hours?: Honestly Annie is one of the most terrifying, nerve wrecking, soul purging, and, ultimately, most wonderful and rewarding parts I have ever played. I am so lucky to live inside her skin and ever so thankful that the amazingly talented, Amy E. Witting and Bricken Sparacino believe I can do it. Amy wrote an actor’s dream of a play; she gives both the performers and the audience a work-out. She’s fearless and so in turn we must be. Bricken is very intuitive with the material and actors. I feel like I clap a lot when she directs, because I’m so excited by the discoveries she helps us make. And I am blessed acting opposite Michael Birch. This play demands a deep trust between the two of us, he makes it easy. He definitely catches me when I fall.

What kind of theater speaks to you? Who or what inspires you as an artist?:
Good theater? I am open to any and all of it. I love Shakespeare and I love experimental and I love kitchen sink dramas. I do kind of veer towards the dark and twisted. What or who inspires you as an artist? Speaking of dark and twisted, I recently saw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Traci Letts and Amy Morton. Those two are very inspiring.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: When I think of roles I’d love to play, they are always period pieces- Mary in Mary Stuart, Queen Margaret in Henry VI parts 2 and 3, Sally Bowles

What’s your favorite showtune?: This is truly one of the best and most difficult questions I have ever been asked. I think, at least right now, “Tell Me on a Sunday” from Song and Dance. Such a sad song, I love a sad song.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Matthew Weiner, because hopefully that would mean I was on "Mad Men"

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?:
I surveyed people for this and we came up with Jane Fonda from the Barbarella years. The movie would be called “Dress Up”

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? without a doubt I recommend that

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Food- noodles with loads of butter and dill, TV- vocal competitions, "The Voice", "X-Factor", "American Idol". I even love "The Glee Project". Movie- anything starring Milla Jovavich, I love her.

What’s up next?: I have no idea.