Kymberly Tuttle is a rising performer who hails from Southern California. Her NY and regional theatrical credits include "The Wars of the Roses Cycle," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Twelfth Night," "The Rover," "In Between the Sheets" (world premiere), "The Women," and "Women of Manhattan." While in California, Kymberly starred in "Tartuffe," "Lysistrata," "Faust," "Everyman," "Private Lives," "Barefoot in the Park," and "Whatever Happened to Baby Thane?" On film and television, Kymberly has been seen in "Sesame Street" and "Your Lightsaber & You."
Now, Kymberly can be seen in The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's production of "A Doll's House" as part of "Nora, in rep" which runs from January 25 through February 5 at The New Ohio Theatre in NYC famous Greenwhich Village (154 Christopher Street). Click here for tickets!
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Probably the earliest thing was watching Sesame Street. It looked like so much fun. I've known that this is what I want to do since I was four.
2. If you could perform alongside anyone, who would you choose? David Hyde Pierce and Bebe Neuwirth -- oh, heck, the entire cast of "Frasier!"
3. What attracted you to "Nora, in rep"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? This is a dream role for me and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to play her! I'm very glad we're doing this production in a traditional way -- not swapping genders or setting this on Jupiter, etc. This is a play that needs no imposition of "concept." Let's face it, audiences are going to know what happens. No surprises there. I hope the audience feels how eerily relevant the play still is.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Nora"? I really love how she is so sheltered, but finds the inner reserves to strike out on her own and find out how she feels about the world. Coming from a sheltered background myself, I really identify with her naïveté. I admire the pluck it takes to admit that she doesn't know what she doesn't know, but she's going to experience life for herself.
5. What made you want to work with The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective? There is a shorthand that develops in working with a group of people over and over. I knew going in that Beautiful Soup is a very supportive company that gets the job done. There is a lot of passion and drive in this group, and the fact that a portion of the box office goes to a specific charity? Golden.
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I love the point when it's time to add the audience -- I think that's the time when everyone steps up their game and the show makes a quantum leap.
7. Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? Thank goodness for Garage Band. I can run lines in the park or on a subway platform. I'm sort of superstitious about running the entire show before each performance. Yes, I'm one of those crazies running lines and songs on the street.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I think I've learned to be more compassionate and to realize that there are multiple sides to every story. Also that I work better under deadlines: the more the better, so I like having six projects going on at once.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? I auditioned for Shelley Berman once, and had changed the pronunciation of the word "werewolf" to rhyme with the word "fair" instead of "fur." After the monologue he asked me why I had mispronounced it, and I said it was so that people would get it. He said, "Never dumb yourself down. If they don't get it, f*** 'em." That really stayed with me.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? William Powell. The dream, of course, would be in black and white.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? I'm a New York history nerd, so I love doing offbeat things in the city, particularly if there is something physical involved. Put me on or next to the ocean, and it's ideal.
12. Favorite skin care product? The Kohala Spa on the Big Island makes a coconut-mango body lotion that is heavenly. A tourist gifted me with a travel-size bottle a while back, and I asked my parents to bring some home from their Hawaiian cruise this year. Now I have a nice supply.
13. Favorite website? http://sleeptalkinman.blogspot.com/ Sends me into crying hysterics.
14. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Glinda.