Zachary Spicer is another one of our next generation performers who's on the rise! Between theatre, film, and television, Zachary is crossing over into every medium! On stage, Zachary has been seen in "The Whipping Man" (MTC), "The Irish Play" (Irish Rep), "American Buffalo" (Hartford Theater Works), and "Anna Christie" (Metropolitan Theater). His television and film credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "CSI: NY," "All My Children," "Pan Am," "Something Like Reality," "The Gary Effect."

 

Now, Zachary is making his Broadway debut alongside Tony and two-time Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon, in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Margaret Edson's "Wit" through March 11 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in NYC (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave). Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was really awkward as a kid. My mother told me that the theater was a good place to meet girls. She was right, but I was still awkward. And thus an actor was born.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Bill Irwin and Billy Crudup. My first summer in NYC I saw "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf" and "The Pillowman" back to back, and it was the greatest artistic day of my life. Two performances that just blew me away. I have been a great admirer of their work ever since.

3. What attracted you to "Wit" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? When I was at Indiana University, the theater department actually did a production of "Wit" my senior year and after auditioning for it and failing to get cast I really enjoyed watching the play. I come from a family of teachers and my grandfather was a professor of William Blake’s poetry, so there’s a real soft spot in my heart for the literary themes of the play. What I love about this play is that it stays with you long after you leave the theater, and I hope that audiences enjoy the waves of self reflection that this show brings.

4. What does it mean to you to be making your Broadway debut in "Wit"? I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than working on this show. From the very first audition to the very last tech rehearsal, the entire cast and crew of the show are the best in business. To be working with a director like Lynne Meadow, who literally built this theater from the ground up, is the greatest honor a young actor could wish for. I feel very blessed.

5. This is your second time working with MTC. Your first endeavor was in "The Whipping Man." What initally made you want to be in one of their productions? What has made you want to come back? My very first audition out of school was for Nancy Piccione at MTC, and it may have gone down as one of the worst auditions of all time. I tried to walk out of a fake prop doorway at the end of it. Needless to say I did not get the part. However, there were more auditions, more readings, then "The Whipping Man," and now "Wit." It’s like being brought up in the farm system of a great theater and now being offered a chance at the major leagues. MTC is the greatest theater family I have ever had the privilege to know. They are the nicest people in New York. Anytime they want me for a show, I’m there.

6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Honestly, my favorite part is that first week or two of rehearsals. I’m a research nerd, so I love the work that is done outside the room just as much as inside it. For "Wit," I just sat in the waiting room of a hospital for hours and just watched people. Doctors, nurses, patients, visiting families, friends, EMT’s. Nothing small ever happens in a hospital.

7. Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? Outdoors. Somewhere where you are not completely closed off from the world around you.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I have a tendency in my work and my life to seek the destination instead of enjoying the journey.

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

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

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Favorite way to stay in shape? If I had my dog or my horse here in New York I would be playing with them every free second I have. But seeing as I live in Manhattan, I typically sit on the couch and watch an entire season of Breaking Bad.

12. Boxers or Briefs? There is no greater invention for mankind than the boxer-brief in my opinion.

13. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

Kathy O'Connell

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