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Broadway Podcast Network – Episode 341

Broadway Podcast Network – Episode 341

From loving TikTok to enjoying cold readings playing “delightfully stupid” characters, Mary Testa is a talented actress who is “not on the path to stardom and never will be.” She begins where her acting journey began: choosing between law school and performing. Ultimately, she chose the latter and eventually moved to New York in 1976, explaining why she simply enjoys working on interesting things with people she loves. She discusses self-taping auditions during the pandemic, and that while she believes it’s better to be in the room for auditions, she understands the preliminary role of self-taping. Known for playing quirky characters, Mary reflects on her career as a character actress. She recalls asking Michael John LaChiusa to write a role for her as “a very stupid character”, challenging the usual typecasting she receives. She also admits that she loves cold readings, the spontaneity and the challenges that come with them. As she reflects on her journey, she gets real when she talks about perfectionism, how insecurity can lead to tyrannical behavior and why self-awareness and feeling good about yourself are important to stay grounded.

Mary Testa is an actress with a phenomenal career spanning nearly 50 years, including twelve Broadway shows such as “Oklahoma!”, “42nd Street” and “On the Town”, resulting in her three Tony Award nominations. Her TV and film credits since 1979 include “Cagney & Lacey”, “Sex and the City”, “Whoopi”, “The Battery’s Down”, “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Good Fight”, “The Blacklist”, and many, many more. She was part of the TikTok musical “Ratatouille” and is an accomplished voice-over artist. She can be heard on the comedy podcast TWITS: A Streampunk Distraction available wherever you find your podcasts.

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