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Tuesday
Dec042012

Gaby Hoffmann: The Last Seder Interview

The cast of "The Last Seder", Photo Credit: Richard TermineGaby Hoffmann is a NYC native who began acting at 5 years old. She has appeared in over 20 films including Sleepless in Seattle, Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Everyone Says I Love You, Now and Then, and You Can Count on MeOn television, Gaby has lit up the screen in Someone Like Me, Freaky Friday (TV Movie), Whose Daughter Is She? (TV Movie), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Private Practice, The Good Wife, Homeland, and Louie.

Her stage credits include Third (Lincoln Center), The Sugar Syndrome (Williamstown Theater Festival) and Suburbia (Second Stage). Now, Gaby is starring in Jennifer Maisel's The Last Seder, presented by Rosalind Productions. The Last Seder tells the story of four grown women who return for the final Passover celebration in their childhood home as their dad, "Marvin," worsens with Alzheimer's. As their mother, "Lily," who's taken up cursing, is planning to put "Marvin" in a nursing home and sell the house, each daughter arrives with her own baggage. "Michelle" picks up a total stranger to pose as her nice Jewish boyfriend; "Angel" seduces her ex on the roof; "Claire" fights with her fiancé about wedding plans; "Julia," pregnant with her lesbian life partner, psychoanalyzes everyone except herself. "Marvin" does not recognize any of them. But when he takes the lead at their last Seder, a magical moment occurs which gives the women the strength and courage to finally move forward. 

The Last Seder plays through January 13 at Theater Three in NYC (311 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Nothing. It was my mother's solution for paying the bills when I was a kid and then took hold of me and started taking shape and finding its grip...25 years later it's still strong.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodovar, Mia Hansen Love, Nicole Holefcener, Abbas Kiarostami, Meryl Strep, Holly Hunter, Samantha Morton, Kevin Kline, Daniel Day Lewis, Marlon Brando (this is a wish list right) and the Taylor couple from Friday Night Lights, to name a few.

Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey in "The Last Seder", Photo Credit: Richard TermineAndy Lucien, Eric T. Miller, Greg Mullavey, Gaby Hoffmann, Sarah Winkler in "The Last Seder", Photo Credit: Richard Termine3. What attracted you to The Last Seder? Jessica, our director, and a character I had to dig into. The play is dramatic and rich with comedy built into it and that is always a fun combination to work with.

4. What do you identify most with about your character? Her impulsivity.

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? A good time.

6. What excites you about getting to work with director Jessica Bauman as well as this talented cast? We get to play and play and challenge the material until we find what works - it makes my job as an actor much more fun.

Abigail Rose Solomon, Gaby Hoffmann, Natalie Kuhn, Sarah Winkler, Kathryn Kates, Greg Mullavey in "The Last Seder", Photo Credit: Richard Termine7. What do you get from your theatrical endeavors that you do not get from your film/television work? The opportunity to see how the same thing can change over time and be true in so many different iterations - you learn a lot about performing.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I'm not sure I learned this from being a performer, but my work certainly helps reinforce it: we always have a choice in how we react and behave - there is no one right, or one wrong, way.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Relax.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My ancestors.

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