Obie Award winner Edward Hibbert is an actor who transends genres from theatre to film to television. For 11 seasons, television audiences enjoyed Edward as "Gil Chesterton" on NBC's hit comedy "Fraiser." His other television credits include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Gilmore Girls," "Once Upon a Matress" (TV Movie), "Starved," "All My Children," "Fantasy Island" ("Harry"), "Earthworm Jim" ("Evil the Cat"), "California Dreams," "Married With Children," "Mad About You," and "Murder, She Wrote." On film, Edward has lit up the screen in "Taking Woodstock," "The Prestige," "The Paper," "Everyone Says I Love You," "The First Wives Club," and "The Lion King 2 and 1.5" as the voice of "Zazu."
Theatre audiences have adorded Edward in Broadway's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" with the great Cherry Jones, "Curtains," "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Noises Off," "The Green Bird," "Me and My Girl," and of course in his debut in Eva Le Galliennne's "Alice in Wonderland." Off-Broadway, Edward delighted audiences with his OBIE Award winning performance in "Jeffrey," as well as in Oscar Wilde's "Gross Indecency," "The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," "My Night With Reg," "Parade," and City Centers Encores! productions of "Anyone Can Whistle" and "Lady in the Dark."
Edward dazzled regional audiences in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" at Philadelphia's Plays & Players for which he received an Barrymore Award, "The Importance of Being Earnest" at The Long Warf Theatre in New Haven where he received a Connecticut Critics Award, "The School for Scandal" (Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles), "Rough Crossing" at Bay Street Theatre on Long Island, "It Shoulda Been You" at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. He has also been in productions at Yale Rep, McCarter, and Huntington Theatre. In London's West End, Edward shined in "The Mystery of Irma Vep," "Lend Me a Tenor," "Hamlet," and "Twelfth Night."
Now Edward is back on stage in Summer Shorts 2012, the sixth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers presented at 59E59 Theaters in NYC from August 2-September 1. Edward is specifically in the short musical "Love and Real Estate," part of Series B. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street. Click here for tickets!
For more on Edward be sure to visit http://www.edwardhibbert.com!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My father, actor Geoffrey Hibbert.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Mike Nichols.
3. What attracted you to "Love and Real Estate" in the Summer Short Festival at 59E59 Theaters? My admiration for the very talented composer, Sam Davis. We met during the Broadway run of "Curtains" on which Sam was associate conductor.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this short musical? Tunes they can hum and lines that make them laugh.
5. What do you identify most with about your character? He's the narrator with a definite edge. I walk a fine line.
6. What excites you about being part of the 2012 Summer Shorts Festival? An opportunity for audiences to experience three original, diverse pieces in one evening.
7. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? A first preview when you get to play it in front of an audience and discover what works and what doesn't. I can rehearse just about anywhere...and have done. Taxis, restaurants, hotel lobbies, my apartment..........
8. In addition to your theatrical endeavors, you have starred in numerous films and television series. What do you get from your film/television work that you do not get from your theatrical work? What did you enjoy most about being on "Fraiser" as "Gil Chesterton"? The paychecks for film and TV are usually gratifying and then there's those surprising residual checks that arrive....sometimes for less than the postage! "Gil Chesterton" was a joy to play throughout the glorious eleven seasons...working with some of the finest writers and actors in the industry.
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? It doesn't get easier.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Actor, know thyself.
11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Depends on the night; sometimes Betty White and sometimes a blue collar worker who knows how to read a Playbill........
12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Reading, going to the movies, dining with good friends...and sleeping.
13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To look into the future and know what is waiting in the wings....