10 Questions with Heather Neuwirth
Heather is currently scheming and plotting her way through her fifth show at the Coaster Theatre as Janice Blake in the first show of our 2018 season – Fit to Kill. She first stepped into the stage lights at the theatre in the 2011 holiday production of Annie Get Your Gun and has been a part of many shows both on stage and behind the scenes. Last year she was seen on stage as Annelle Dupuy DeSoto in the 2017 summer production of Steel Magnolias and as Miss Casewell in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap that spring. She also tackled the role of Kristine Linde in Henrik Ibsen’s A Dolls House. She has worked behind the scenes as Stage Manager, Light & Sound Operator and backstage help for many productions over the years.
While preparing for her role as Janice (the CEO of a fitness empire) in Fit to Kill she learned that her BMI is 23, her resting heart rate is 66 bpm and she will never run a 7 minute mile but she can lift 10 lbs right over her head.
1. What is your present state of mind?
2. Who are your favorite playwrights?
Neil Simon, Arthur Miller, Nora Ephron (this could be considered a “technicality” but, oh piffle), Judith Theoli
3. Your favorite musician?
I can’t answer that! I may as well say… 42!?
4. Who are your favorite characters?
Tracy Flick, Susie Salmon, Lux Lisbon, Roddy Doyle’s Rabbitte Family, the Glass Siblings, the Thropp Women, the Binewskis (of the Binewski Fabulon), Ramona Quimby, the Man, Sheila Tubman, Claire Abshire, Dave Chappelle as Prince, Jackson Brodie, Boris from “The Goldfinch”, every single human, vampire, sentient fruit, and superhero in a Taika Waititi film, the Waitress, Charlotte A Cavatica
(Drawn from a hat. Sorted in loose autobiographical order.)
5. Who are your heroes in real life?
Every exceptional person who has taken the time and made a difference in my life has been a teacher.
6. What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Aww man, I’d sell my something-or-other to be able to sing.
7. What is your most marked characteristic?
I can’t help it, but I tend to laugh too loud.
8. What do you most value in your friends?
Patience and humor
9. If you could be anyone throughout history, who would you have been?
10. What is your motto?
How’s about…Keep passing the open windows?