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Tuesday
Feb252014

Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview with Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel

"Call Me Adam" sat down with Tony Award winner Beth Leavel live at 54 Below to discuss her upcoming 54 Below debut on February 26 at 7pm and March 3 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

 

 


Beth Leavel performs + sits down with Call Me Adam:

Beth LeavelMore on Beth:

From her Tony-winning, scene-stealing performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone to her Tony-nominated performance in Baby, It’s You! to leading the cast of Mamma Mia! in spandex and spangles, Beth has become one of Broadway’s favorite leading ladies. She has also starred on Broadway in Elf, Young Frankenstein, The Civil War, Show Boat, and both original and revival productions of 42nd Street!

Tuesday
Feb042014

Call Answered Again: Marta Sanders Be My Valentine Interview

Marta SandersMAC & Bistro Award-winning vocalist Marta Sanders will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with a special Valentine's show, Be My Valentine, for two performances only: Saturday, February 15 at 7pm & Sunday, February 16 at 1pm. She will be accompanied by Musical Director John McMahon on the piano. This show is staged & directed by Debra Zalkind. Click here for tickets!

Marta will also be co-hosting Salon, the multiple award winning weekly open mic, at Etcetera Etcetera (352 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 9 from 7pm-10:30pm, created and hosted by Mark Janas. The theme of the evening is All Kinds of Love. Come get a sneak peak of Marta on February 9 at Etcetera Etcetera, then join her on February 15 & 16 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre for her show Be My Valentine!

For more on Marta be sure to visit: http://www.martanyc.com!

1. On February 15 & 16, you are returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with your new show Be My Valentine. What are you looking forward to about this upcoming show? I look forward to singing some new songs and some old chestnuts. I look forward to laughing with my friends, old and new.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Be My Valentine? I hope people will be lifted and relaxed after laughing and sighing at silly and loving characters and songs.

3. You have previously played The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What do you enjoy most about performing there? What does it offer you and your show that another venue might not? Kenny and staff have always made me feel at home. I appreciate that my audience can eat good food and see the show at an affordable price.

4. What made you want to do a Valentine's themed show? Because of my busy schedule as a tour guide, I have a small window when I can take the time to focus and rehearse a show. Winter months are slower for the tour business. I'd done my Christmas show for several years and wanted to do something different. People are looking for a lift during February so...

5. What is your secret to finding and keeping love in your life? Respect and laughter and holding hands.

Marta Sanders6. What are some of your favorite NYC locations for a romantic evening out? River Café, One If By Land, Mas (Farmhouse), Perry Street.

7. In addition to singing, you are one of the top tour guides in NYC, celebrating your 20th Anniversary. What does it mean to you to be one of the top tour guides? I get to be "in" the City every day. I get to experience fabulous events that are planned for my guests. I get to visit and know well, the world class sites that our millions of visitors travel long distances at great expense to see. I get to spend my days schmoozing and laughing with people from all over the world in the city that I love.

8. How do you feel you've grown over the past 20 years as a tour guide? How have you kept your tours interesting for you and those you show around the city? What I get to do is entertain, which is my talent and passion. I've been able to grow as an artist because I work my "chops" every day. Like doing a show 8 times a week for years, every audience is different. I'm seeing my city through fresh eyes, and changing attitudes about what the city is really like, not what they've seen on TV and movies and heard in the news. Also, there is nothing that is always the same when moving people through the city. Logistics is as important as the story and so every tour does a different schedule so that keeps me on my toes. I'm not on a double decker bus that does the same route day in day out.

9. If you could give a tour of NYC to any celebrity, who would you want on your tour? Mariska Hargitay.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Superwoman.

Marta SandersMore on Marta:

In addition to her Broadway turn as an original cast member of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, MARTA SANDERS has been a fixture on the New York music scene, performing at some of NYC’s top venues including Les Mouches, Rainbow & Stars, The Ballroom, Metropolitan Room, Sardi’s, Upstairs at Greene Street, The Triad & Carnegie Hall. She has also performed internationally, from Russia to South America to the Caribbean. Her latest CD, Panache was named one of 2012’s top ten CDs, alongside such luminaries as Barbara Cook.

Not just another pretty face with a voice, Marta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as one of NYC’s top tour guides, leading tourists from Battery Park to Harlem, from theatres to monuments. Her "Welcome to New York" presentations include well known New York and Broadway songs, as she uses her humor & entertaining charisma to personally welcome guests to her beloved city.

Friday
Jan312014

Call Answered Again: Cady Huffman 54 Below Hungry and Horny Interview

After a sold-out run this past January, Tony Award winner Cady Huffman returns to 54 Below on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7pm with her show Hungry and Horny!. Directed by Will Nunziata, Hungry and Horny! is about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her Gramma’s Pasta Fazool to her 10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America, Cady has eaten it all, loved it all, and gone back for seconds. Come hear the beauty, wit, and talent that is Cady Huffman! Click here for tickets!

For more on Cady be sure to visit http://www.cadyhuffman.com and follow her on Twitter!

1. On January 14, you made your 54 Below debut with your show Hungry and Horny!. What was it like to make your 54 Below debut? Adam, I was so ridiculously nervous it was stupid. 54 Below is a beautiful room with a great team running it. My musicians are fantastic and my director is amazing. Once I got over the terror, IT WAS A BLAST! Made me realize I haven't been singing enough of the songs I really want to sing lately.

2. Now, on February 5, you are returning to 54 Below for an encore performance of Hungry and Horny!. What does it mean to you to have been asked back? It's GREAT to be asked back! Especially so quickly. It gives me a chance to relax and make the show better and better!

3. What makes 54 Below the right venue for your show? Sexy room with a great menu. It gets everyone in the mood.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your show? Hopefully they understand how personal it is to me while having a rip-roarin' time!

5. What made now the right time to premiere this show? I'd recently been asked by several people to combine my foodie life with my Broadway life. No time like the present!

6. What do you enjoy most about performing this kind of show over a theatrical show? I get to be me. I love seeing the audience, talking to the audience and interacting with the audience. With no 4th wall it can be so personal.

Cady Huffman and Will Nunziata at 54 Below7. Hungry and Horny is directed by Will Nunziata. How did you two come to work together? What has been the best part about working with him? Young Will and I met at a benefit at Joe's Pub several years ago. We recently reconnected when we sat together at an Ann Hampton Callaway show. He told me he wanted to direct. I stowed that in the back of my brain and when I decided to do this show I gave him a call. We hit it off and have had a ball. He's a smarty pants and he knows the art form incredibly well. We're also both Italian, so we don't get upset if someone is yelling.

8. Hungry and Horny! is about life, love, and what you ate along the way. How did you come up with the concept for the show? I'm always hungry and horny. It just seemed the most direct root to what I wanted to say.

9. Since the show is titled Hungry and Horny!, what are some of your favorite foods and what is the best way to get you in the mood for love? Oh, you're cute Adam. Firstly, there's no food I won't try at least once. I'm very adventurous that way. The love stuff? Well, I can't give all my secrets away, but trust me, I'm easy...with the right person, of course. ;)

10. Aside from performing, what else in life are you Hungry and Horny! for? Knowledge. Learning. It thrills me to learn just about anything as long as the teacher is passionate. Please tell me something I don't already know!!

Cady HuffmanMore on Cady:

Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of "Ulla" in Mel Brooks' The Producers, Cady Huffman is an actress and producer of great caliber, who also spent 10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America.

She burst onto Broadway in the original production of La Cage Aux Folles, which then lead to being cast in Bob Fosse's Big Deal, followed by a Tony Award nominated performance in The Will Rogers Follies in 1991.

Cady made her film debut in 1992's Hero which starred Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Andy García. She has since appeared in Space Marines, Romance & Cigarettes, and The Nanny Diaries, and The Company Men alongside Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper. Cady also starred, produced, and acted as production designer for the independent film Sunday on the Rocks.

Friday
Jan312014

Call Answered: Conference Call: Nick Luckenbaugh and Victoria Weinberg: Libra Theater's Songs You Should Know at 54 Below

Nick Luckenbaugh, Managing Artistic Director of Libra Theater CompanyVictoria Weinberg, Executive Artistic Director of Libra Theater Company"Call Me Adam" chats with Libra Theater Company's Managing Artistic Director Nick Luckenbaugh and Executive Artistic Director Victoria Weinberg about their annual Songs You Should Know concert, this year, at 54 Below on Tuesday, February 4 at 9:30pm!

Songs You Should Know is an annual concert of new and rarely performed songs from some of today’s most talented writers. Click here for tickets!

For more on Libra Theater Company be sure to visit http://www.libratheater.org and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube!

1. Libra Theater Company has been producing Songs You Should Know, an evening of musical theater songs by some of today's emerging and established writers, for the past three years now. What made you initially start this series?

Nick: When we founded Libra four years ago, we started out with this idea of "balance." We try to make performance opportunities that allow artists to balance art and everyday responsibilities - no matter how creative we have to get with scheduling. But we also want "balance" to apply to our programming. Music and non music theater. New work and the classics. There's so much great work out there, and we feel it’s important to give our artists and audiences access to as wide a variety as possible.

That said, one of the things Victoria and I are most passionate about is new musicals. There is so much good new music theater out there. And a lot of that - whether it’s by an established writer or someone bubbling just under the surface - hasn't gotten the attention that it deserves. So Victoria and I thought, "How do we create a forum where we can bring all that together?" So Songs You Should Know came about.

Victoria: Well, Nick truly had the idea for Songs You Know Know first. So, I can't take too much credit for the initial idea! But, that being said, our mission statement is something we take very seriously. This concert is the perfect marriage of our love for new work and our passion for creating performance opportunities that cater to the schedules of our performers. We rely very heavily on the talent of our artists, but we provide them with as much support as possible. Many of our artists are busy with rehearsals, performances, family commitments, or jobs – so it is our job to find them the rehearsal time and tools they need to fit their busy lives.

For this concert in particular, that’s why a great musical director is so important. Songs You Should Know would not exist without someone with great hands at the piano who’s also so committed to our process. Mark Evans – musical directing for the second time for this – is wonderful. None of this would work without him.

2. How has Songs You Should Know evolved over the past 3 years?

Nick: Libra's definitely a smaller company in the grand scheme of what's out there in New York. Not saying that I'm not proud of the work that we've done - because I'm really proud. But it means a lot to me that as we've continued to do this, we've had talented up-and-comers as well as amazing Broadway performers like Lilli Cooper or Max Crumm continue to agree to perform in a concert organized by a little off-off-Broadway company. And it tells me that there are a lot of people out there who care about musical theater as an art form and want to support the new work that's happening - be it from established artists or from writers just starting out with a guitar and a dream. And I think - looking to the future - it's that love of new work and passion for promoting it that I want to keep at the heart of this concert.

Victoria: Personally, the series has evolved for me in the fact that I care so much more about the bigger picture because of it. As a new graduate when the concert first started, I wanted so badly to be in the concert myself and sing alongside the "big guns." But over the past three years, Libra’s become so important to us and my personal passion for promoting new work has grown. And it’s helped me grow personally. This year, I’ve really come to understand the importance of finding the best performer possible for each song rather than securing the "biggest name" or finding a way to sing something myself because I love the song. (And trust me, there’s a lot to love!) But it really is more important for us to promote all this fantastic new work than to push any individual artistic agenda.

3. This year's Songs You Should Know is going to be at 54 Below on February 4 at 9:30pm. What excites you about having the series at 54 Below? 

Victoria: 54 Below produces fantastic shows. There's no question about that. They have such a varied line-up of concerts from Chita Rivera to Joanna Gleason to Jeff Daniels. I think that any chance a young and growing company has to produce new work on a stage that’s held such storied performers is a fantastic opportunity. We’d love to be part of music theater history and 54 Below offers that in spades. Plus, the drinks are fantastic!

Nick: I second all of that. Also, for me personally, I’m thrilled that we get the chance to work so closely with Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the Director of Programming at 54 Below. I remember that when I was almost out of college and started getting into producing, a director I knew said, "Nick, you have to meet with Jen Tepper and try to learn from her!" And he was absolutely right. She’s taken the musical theater world by storm, and I think anyone who wants to produce on a small or large scale can really learn from her enthusiasm and dedication and sheer ability to get people excited.

4. What does 54 Below offer you that another venue might not?

Victoria: 54 Below offers such a wonderful support system when you’re working on a project there. Here’s where I’m going to echo a lot of Nick’s sentiments. Jen Tepper – in addition to being the world's greatest musical theater historian – is one of the most supportive and lovely ladies you will ever meet. She excels at keeping you to task on your deadlines and also providing you with the best team possible. You’re never out of options, and there’s always someone to go to with a question or for advice on how to get things done. I can’t say enough about the group of people that work at 54 Below.

Nick: 100% agree. We’ve worked with some wonderful venues over the past three years (special shout out to the Laurie Beechman, which has hosted this concert twice before). But one of the best parts of being at 54 Below is that you’re working with an entire team. And as Victoria said, they’re all so supportive. And as far as the space itself, it really feels like you’re making a mark on theater history when you’re performing there. And that’s really special.

5. How do you decide which writers and performers you going to have on the show?

Nick: There's so much great new work to choose from. But one of the things we've become more and more conscious of as we've programmed each concert is making sure a variety of writers are represented – particularly when it comes to emerging writers. "Emerging" is such a broad term. It can cover writers who've certainly had successes but haven't had their work on Broadway just yet. It also covers writers who've never had anything published or are still working toward their first professional production. And they've all got amazing work that deserves to be showcased. And I think we've really tried to make this concert representative of all the "emerging" writers that are out there. I only wish we had more slots available at each concert to give even more emerging talent time onstage.

Victoria: When we receive these amazing songs, we want to make sure we’re giving them their best debut possible. Carner & Gregor are a great example. Libra’s had the chance to work with these great writers every year since our inception, and this year, they’ve given us a brand new song. Especially given our history with them, we wanted to find a performer that would give the song the a fantastic outing. Molly Hager immediately came to mind. We’re only glad that she was free, because she’s going to be amazing!

We also love returning to artists that have worked with us before whenever possible, such as Marissa McGowan and Blair Goldberg. Honestly, just like a director loves to return to their favorite actors, we as a company value loyalty, and we just can't get enough of the artists that return to us and constantly wow us with their performances.

Nick Luckenbaugh and Victoria Weinberg: Behind The Scenes at Libra Theater Company6. How would you like to Songs You Should Know grow from here?

Victoria: I would love for Songs You Should Know to be the concert for new and hot performers and writers – something that people look forward to all year. And in doing that, I’d always want us to work toward balance and really embrace all new music – putting brand new composers you’ve never heard of onstage with more established ones (and everyone in between). As long as creative people keep pushing the boundaries of musical theater, we’ll keep debuting those songs.

Nick: Honestly, given the resources, I’d love to do this more often. As I said, there’s so much great work, and there just aren’t enough slots in a given concert to showcase what’s out there. Especially when it comes to brand new writers. In my opinion, there are a slew of promising artists just out of grad school or who can’t even afford the awesome grad programs that are out there. These guys just haven’t been able to break out yet, and I think they deserve to be up there debuting new stuff alongside some of the more established writers putting out new work. I mean, how great would it be to regularly give brand new writers the ability to say, "My song premiered at 54 Below alongside new stuff by Tony-nominated writers?" Pretty great, right?

Nick Luckenbaugh, Photo Credit: Robert Mannis PhotographyMore on Nick:

Nick Luckenbaugh is a New York City-based arts administrator and grant writer, serving as both the co-Founder and Managing Artistic director the award-winning Libra Theater Company as well as Manager of Institutional Giving at Atlantic Theater Company. Nick is also a playwright and music theater composer/lyricist. He is currently collaborating with singer/songwriter Amy Molewski on Unbound, a new musical fantasy. His song cycle Royal Fables will receive a workshop at NYU this spring under the direction of Megan Mekjian. http://www.nickluckenbaugh.com

Victoria Weinberg, Photo Credit: Dirty Sugar LLCMore on Victoria:

Victoria Weinberg is proud to have co-founded Libra Theater Company. She is a graduate of NYU/Tisch & a student of Larry Singer, Richard Sabellico & Susan Eichorn Young. In addition to producing, Victoria has performed at regional theaters, theme parks & here in NYC with companies such as the Player's Theatre & her very own Libra. She has performed new works with composers such as Joshua H. Cohen, Mark T. Evans, and Carner & Gregor. She is a proud mama to her chi-weenie, Tobi. http://www.victoriaweinberg.com

Thursday
Jan302014

Call Answered: Conference Call: Broadway couple Chris Henry Coffey and Jennifer Mudge Interview

Jennifer MudgeChris Henry Coffey"Call Me Adam" chats with Broadway couple Chris Henry Coffey and Jennifer Mudge about starring on Broadway in the same season in two different shows. Chris is starring in Broadway's Bronx Bombers at Circle in the Square while Jennifer stars in Broadway's Rocky at the Wintergarden Theatre.

Follow both Chris and Jennifer on Twitter @chriscoffey1 and @JenniferMudge!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer?

Chris: I originally thought I was going into broadcasting or broadcast journalism. I’ve always been interested in current events, issues of the day, and what makes people tick. And the idea of telling those stories of the day for a living sounded interesting to me. But when I stepped on stage, and literally into someone else’s shoes for the first time, I knew I had found the missing link: the psychology of why and how people live, and the permission to investigate that from the inside, out. The rehearsal process has always been a favorite part of the process whether it’s my curiosity about a subject I know little about, or the desire to understand why a person behaves the way he does.

Jennifer Mudge and Chris Henry Coffey at the Naked Angels 25th Anniversary Gala, Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North AmericaJennifer: I never really wanted to do anything else... I was a big reader as a kid, and when I discovered I could basically "read out loud" as a job, I was hooked. I also think I felt more comfortable onstage, in other worlds, than my own.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to?

Chris: I’ve been very lucky in my career having worked with some giants of the theater. (Arthur Miller, for instance.). But there’s a long list of people I hope to work with some day—actors, writers, directors, designers. In terms of actors, the first person to pop into my head is Mark Rylance. I’d love to watch his process, learn from him. And then ACT with him. Richard Greenberg is a playwright whose work I’ve always admired and would love the opportunity to collaborate with him. I’d also love to be in the same room as the director Sam Gold, actor/director Terry Kinney and the actor/writer Tracy Letts, to name just a few. And, well, if I could go back in time it’d have to be with Shakespeare of course. 

Jennifer: Wow - that is a big list - not to mention all the wonderful people I'd like to work with again...but I would eat my own shoes to be in anything with Emma Thompson or Didi O'Connell or Richard Jenkins, and I would love to be able to create a role in a Caryl Churchill or Edward Albee or Annie Baker play.

3. Chris, you are currently in the new Broadway show, Bronx Bombers and Jennifer, you are currently in rehearsals for Broadway's Rocky. What made each of you want to audition for your perspective shows?

Chris: For me, Bronx Bombers actually began as a workshop through Primary Stages in the mountains of Colorado (Perry-Mansfield) back in June of 2013. This gig is a great example of how, as an actor, you just never know where your next job is going to come from. Though one could argue that essentially I auditioned for the role through the development of the play in workshops, I do find it ironic that my Broadway debut came out of a project I never had to technically "go in for." The play developed through that original workshop, then readings, followed by an Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages and now at Circle in the Square.

Jennifer: ha! Well - like everyone, I thought "Rocky, a MUSICAL?" And then of course was sent a script by the amazing Tom Meehan (who created my role for the stage version), and saw that the music was by Ahrens/Flaherty, and that of course I would get to be in the room with Timbers.....And I realized it was something unexpected and awesome.

Chris Henry Coffey as "Joe DiMaggio" in Broadway's "Bronx Bombers", Photo Credit: James Leynse4. Chris: What do you identify most with about playing "Joe DiMaggio?" Joe DiMaggio was a man of great talent, integrity, and discipline. He lived his life the way he played baseball – highly competitively, and with hugely high standards – always searching for a certain sense of perfection. He wasn’t known to have many close friends, and he was a man of few words in the public eye. I get the sense that he was a loner, and not the happiest of people in a general sense. But he was also fiercely loyal, and people always gave him the respect he craved and deserved. I can identity w/ pieces of all those traits, and though I’m probably more accessible as a person than he was, I’m sometimes accused of a certain aloofness in social situations, similar to what I’ve heard and read about DiMaggio.

Chris Henry Coffey as "Joe DiMaggio" in Broadway's "Bronx Bombers"4a. What is like to portray such a well-known public figure? There's a certain standard of DiMaggio that I feel compelled to live up to both on stage and off. Also, because Bronx Bombers is playing here in NYC, I'm constantly meeting people who knew him when he was alive. So I feel a strong sense of responsibility to getting his essence right, or at least my version of what I understand that to be. Hopefully it translates well to the audience, the response has been very positive. It's a great challenge and a great honor to step into his shoes for a time.

4b. Jennifer: What's it like to be in a show, based upon one of the most popular movies of our time? Well, I think what we are really focusing on is the fact that when Stallone made it, he was an unknown underdog trying to get his voice heard and find his place in the world (as "Rocky" and as Stallone). So approaching it with the respect and integrity of the original film, but with the added drama of music and (live!) boxing....I won't lie, everyone's faces light up when the "Rocky" theme plays. I do have the advantage of having a "new" role, so I don't have the same burden of expectation, but it's still a process to figure out how she fits in that world.

Chris Henry Coffey and Jennifer Mudge at "Don't Go Gentle's" Off-Broadway Opening Night, Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas5. What is it like to be engaged and working on Broadway in the same season?

Chris: Incredible. First of all, what a gift it is to be able to work together, literally across the street from each other, in Broadway shows. How rare that is, and a first for us. Jen and I got engaged in December in Puerto Rico right before we both started rehearsals for our respective shows. We’ve been together for a number of years through thick and thin, and through all the ups and downs, the celebrations and the defeats, we’ve stuck together and supported each other, held each other up. I think we’re both entering new phases in our lives now and I wanted to acknowledge that by offering my commitment to her in the biggest gig of all, spending our lives together. And she agreed.

Jennifer: Yes! and I want to add - the proposal itself was really a total surprise - we had talked of getting married, and maybe when and where - but I really didn't expect the old-fashioned, on the knee (in the Caribbean!) proposal. It was very romantic, and actually, classic Chris Coffey. Also, the night I booked Rocky (Chris already knew about Bronx Bombers), we had the most surreal hour or so of disbelief, and excitement - but really kind of overwhelmed by the sheer crazy coincidence of being half a block away, in sports plays! It's a good story - and we both feel lucky - we've been in this business long enough to know that you really have to relish the good things when they come.

6. With your busy schedules, how do you find the time to see each other?

Chris: We have our mornings together, and generally evenings together as well, whether it’s at home or out socially w/ friends or colleagues. Occasionally we’ve been able to commute to work together in midtown as well, which is a real treat. Once our shows are both open, we’ll have our days to be together and work on other projects together as well.

Jennifer: I also text him lots of pictures of our kittens.

Jennifer Mudge and Chris Henry Coffey at Naked Angles 25th Anniversary Gala, Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski7. Being engaged and in the same competitive business, how do you support each other in the ups and downs of a performers lifestyle?

Chris: It can be tough finding a balance there, but that’s one of the reasons we’re together and always will be. We both know the ups and downs so well, and can really hold each other up when the other needs it. We do well with that. We love each other and also need each other too, so there’s a shared agreement I think to really be the support the other needs, even if it’s sometimes hard to do.  And I also make excellent martinis or manhattans after a long day, and that certainly helps sometimes.

Jennifer: He makes Excellent drinks....Also I think we're both pretty on board with the idea that what is good for one, is good for both. We also have similar goals in terms of life/work balance - and we are so very fortunate to have incredibly great friends and family. Who love his drinks.

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

Chris: I’ve received a lot a great advice from mentors, parents, friends and teachers...but I have to say, the one that first popped into my head just now is that great speech "Polonius" has in Hamlet to his son "Laertes." The line I remember is: "This above all: to thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

Jennifer: "You can do it." - my Dad. Also, I've discovered when people say cruel or disheartening things it is NEVER about you. I take them as compliments or blessings now. Like "Lady Violet" on Downton Abbey.

Jennifer Mudge and Chris Henry Coffey at the Tribeca Film Festival, Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America9. What have you learned about yourselves from being a performer?

Chris: I’ve learned a great deal through performing. It’s a window into the world, and a window into myself.  I learn about myself through every job: my strengths, fears, apprehensions, fortitude...my ability to overcome adversity as well as my endurance through it all.

Jennifer: I really love our profession - the community, the fellowship, the struggle. I've learned how to be a better person - a better listener and friend (I hope) from the extraordinary people I've met in this industry. I very, very often think of Nina's lines from Seagull (which I worked on in grad school but never being the classic ingenue, it was not, alas, meant to be anytime else): "I know now what being an actor is. It's not about the fame or glory....but enduring." That is a probably badly recalled quote from a translation - but I guess it is telling that that is how I remember it!

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?

Chris: I’m not sure this is a super power, but I do wish I had the ability to be two places at once. Along those lines, I daydream sometimes when I look up at beautiful old buildings and gorgeous architecture here in NYC and wish I could go back in time to other eras.

Jennifer: He stole mine! I love time travel....But if we are a band of caped crusaders and everyone must have a different power, I guess mine would be bringing people back to life.

Chris Henry CoffeyMore on Chris:

Most recently Chris was seen in A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos and in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, directed by Davis McCallum. Most recent film and TV credits include The Little Tin Man (which will release 2013) and Epilogue (which premiered at Tribeca FF 2013). Also Neil LaBute's BFF and David Schwimmer's feature Trust. Recurring roles on Law & Order: CI, guest-stars on The Good Wife, Cupid, Law & Order, and others. Chris is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Jennifer MudgeMore on Jennifer:

On Broadway The Philanthropist and Reckless. Her additional New York credits include Fault Lines, The Big Meal, Don’t Go Gentle, Ooh-Rah, The Pavilion and The Stendhal Syndrome. Her film and TV appearances include Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Big C, You Don’t Know Jack, Boss, and the forthcoming film My America.