Sharon Lawrence Video Interview: The Shot, Empowering Women Through Theatre

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I am so honored that five-time Emmy Nominated actress Sharon Lawrence answered my call.

With a career that spans TV, Movies & Theatre, Sharon Lawrence has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years!

I have been a fan of Sharon’s since 1997 when she starred in her own NBC comedy series Fired Up (co-starring Leah Remini).

On Broadway, Sharon has been seen in the revivals of Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof & Chicago.

Her TV credits include NYPD Blue, Queen Sugar, Shameless, Dynasty, Rizzoli & Isles, Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill & Grey’s Anatomy. Sharon just finished filming Season 2 of Spectrum's Joe Pickett.

I enjoyed Sharon on CBS’ Ladies Man (co-starring Betty White & Alfred Molina). The series only lasted one season, but I loved it. Dixie Carter (Designing Women) & Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) had recurring roles on the show as well. It was quite a cast!

I also loved Sharon in her recurring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives & more recently in Hallmark’s The Christmas House & its sequel, The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls.

Next week, Sharon returns to NYC to star in Robin Gerber's new play The Shot at the 2022 United Solo Festival.

In this interview Sharon answered my call to reveal:
  • How she got involved in Robin Gerber’s The Shot

  • How she prepares for such a demanding role

  • How she decompresses after a show

  • The boundaries she puts up when working

  • How The Shot can help those affected by domestic violence

The Shot is a work of fiction drawn from the story of former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and the part of her life that is hard to look at and understand. Before becoming publisher, Katharine was an abused wife, derided in public and beaten in private by her husband, who had inherited The Washington Post newspaper from Katharine’s father.

Katharine Graham was the publisher of The Washington Post who won a Pulitzer Prize for her courage in revealing the Pentagon Papers. She forced a president to resign after uncovering his abuse of office in the Watergate scandal. She was the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And she was a survivor of domestic abuse.

The Shot will play a limited run at Theatre Row in NYC (410 West 42nd Street): 10/27/22, 10/28/22, 11/1/22 (newly added) & 11/2/22.

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More on Sharon Lawrence:

After earning a degree in journalism from the UNC-Chapel Hill, Sharon has gone on to be prominently featured on stage and screen over the last 25 years. Her television work includes her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG award-winning run on NYPD Blue, as well as notable stints on hit shows such as Queen Sugar, Shameless, Dynasty, On Becoming A God In Central Florida, Desperate Housewives, Rizzoli & Iles and Grey’s Anatomy earning her another EMMY nomination. In 2021 work in The Gaze on YouTube garnered her a 5th Emmy nod and a recurring role in Rebel for ABC. Sharon just finished filming Season 2 of Spectrum’s Joe Pickett.

Film work includes Hallmark’s The Christmas House & its sequel + the indie hits Middle Of Nowhere from Ava DuVernay and The Lost Husband, both on Netflix.

Sharon spent 10 years on Broadway in Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and as Velma in Chicago and since in LA at The Mark Taper Forum, in Poor Behavior and The Mystery Of Love and Sex, the cabaret, Love, Noel , at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in several roles at the Geffen Playhouse and at the Pasadena Playhouse in A Song At Twilight, A Kid Like Jake and Orson’s Shadow , for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award.

Non-profit service has played a major role in Sharon’s life as former Chair of the Women in Film Foundation, current Chair the BoD of Heal The Bay, and as a Trustee of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

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