Beth Grant is a 2009/2010 Ovation Nominee in the Lead Actress in a Play category for her work on GRACE & GLORIE at the Colony Theatre Company.
LA Stage asked Beth the following questions:
What was the first theatrical production you ever attended and what impact did it have on you?
When I was 16 I saw a touring company of “The Fantasticks.” Â I realized that I wasn’t an ingenue and never would be. Â I hoped they wrote roles for women as good as “El Gallo.” Â Sometimes they do.
What is your most cherished theatre memory?
Attending the closing night of Sondheim’s “Follies’ on Broadway in 1972 and taking my 13 year old Â daughter to see “Wicked” on Broadway in 2005.
Which LA theatre artists’ work do you consider a ‘Must See’?
Cameron Watson, Del Shores, Jim Holmes, David Steen, Mary Jo Catlett, Dale Dickey, Octavia Spencer, Annette Bening and now, The Dude.
What is your favorite thing about working in the theatre in LA?
The freedom to do anything I want, the friendly, supportive audiences, working with friends I love, the whole theatre community. Â People who care.
If you could change one thing about theatre in Los Angeles, what would it be?
The traffic! Â Oh, how I wish we didn’t have to drive so far to go to the theatre, but it is L.A. and we must and we do. Â Ultimately it’s worth it!
Who’s the first person you texted or tweeted when you got the news about your nomination?
Del Shores texted me to tell me so I texted him back and said how thrilled I was, then I hugged my daughter and husband, and E-mailed my brother, Bubba, in North Carolina who then E-mailed everyone in the South!
Beth Grant is a two-time Ovation award-winner (Lead Actress and Ensemble) for Del Shores’ The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. She has performed at The Ahmanson in Picnic and Summer And Smoke; created roles for world premieres by Romulus Linney, Maya Angelou, Horton Foote, Mark V. Olsen and again, Del Shores in his beloved play, movie and television series, “Sordid Lives.” Her many juicy roles include television’s Jericho, The Office, Pushing Daisies and films like Rain Man, Speed, Donnie Darko, and most recently Mike Judge’s Extract. Ms.Grant received the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award for Little Miss Sunshine and No Country for Old Men.
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