The Quiltmaker Actor Spotlight: Mary Katherine Smith-Gall as Cindy Taylor Bennett

Mary Katherine Smith-Gall is Cindy
Photo by Rob Storrs. Copyright 2014 Rob Storrs.

Q – Why did you audition for The Quiltmaker?

A – I decided to audition for The Quiltmaker before I’d even finished reading Act 1 of the script. I love acting in comedies, and Cindy seemed like it would be a real fun character to explore.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before? 

A – Most recently, I played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last season at Parkway Playhouse. Before that, I’ve been performing in shows around WNC since I was a young child, but some favorite roles have included Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Hazel in An Uncivil Union: The Battle of Burnsville at Parkway Playhouse, as well as Anita in West Side Story at HART Theatre in Waynesville.

Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

A – Goodness… I can’t think of just one moment, there have been so many! I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with this wonderful cast! I have been hoping for an opportunity to work with Alesa Bryant for years, I’ve always loved working with Steve Elderbrock and Will Storrs, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Mike Yow and Andrea Marino throughout this process. In addition, I’ve known Kristen Livengood for years but I’ve never been directed by her, so that has been a new and wonderful experience and Bobby Abrahamson… Well who doesn’t love Bobby! He’s always a hoot!

Q – Do you have a favorite quilt? Why is it your favorite?

A – I have been very fortunate my entire life to have always had beautiful, homemade quilts on my bed! My great grandmother made patchwork quilts that were on my siblings and my beds when we were very young. My mother also made patchwork quilts for us and I have one currently on my sons bed that she made me for a graduation present, covered with pieces from old dresses of mine and lots of fabric with cats, as my family has always called me “Katz” since I was a little girl. When my son was born, we received handmade quilts and blankets from so many beloved friends and family members that I will cherish forever! However, if I had to choose an absolute favorite, I would have to say that the quilt on my bed right now would be my favorite. It was given to me by my father’s step mother, one of my wonderful quilting teachers in my life and one of the most gifted quilters that I know, as a wedding gift and it is absolutely stunning!

Q – What is the #1 reason someone should see this show?

A – It’s so much fun! I have giggled so much during rehearsals and even “LOL-ed” a few times.

Come see Mary Katherine and the rest of the cast of The Quiltmaker at Parkway Playhouse May 2nd-16th.

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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