Meet the cast: Victoria Mack of 'The Nest'

by John Moore | Jan 27, 2016
Victoria Mack in 'The Nest.' Photo by Adams Visual Communications Victoria Mack plays an unexpected interloper in Theresa Rebeck's neighborhood bar comedy 'The Nest.' Photo by Adams Visual Communications.


MEET VICTORIA MACK
Sam in The Nest

A Victoria Mack Quote 2At the DCPA Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit, The Nest. Broadway: Venus In Fur. Off-Broadway: Hard Love, Natural Affection (with John Pankow and Kathryn Erbe) and Happy Birthday at TACT, The Silver Cord at Peccadillo Theatre Co; 5 shows at the Mint Theater, Flight with Brian D'Arcy James. TV/Film: We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (with Aaron Stanford), "Boardwalk Empire," "Members Only" (pilot), "Doubt" (pilot), "Black Box," "The Good Wife" (recurring), "Unforgettable," "Law and Order," The Letter (with James Franco and Wynona Ryder). Recently took her self-produced show, Love Stories, to Santiago, Chile. Proud member of TACT.

  • Hometown: Highland Park, N.J.
  • Training: Barnard College; masters degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
  • What was the role that changed your life: My first part, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance in 6th grade. I was a painfully shy kid, but something happened to me in rehearsals for that play and on stage: For the first time in my life I felt comfortable with people. I wanted to chase that feeling forever.
  • Why are you an actor? I do it for the money.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? In college I was torn between acting and academia. I loved reading so much and thought I'd love a life of reading, writing and talking about literature. 
  • Ideal scene partner: Hmmmm ... Maybe Mark Rylance?
  • Why does The Nest matter? This play is about a lot more than gender; it's about frustration, about dreams, about longing, about feeling like you're meant for something bigger and better than what you've got. Having said that, it's the gender stuff that excites me the most. There are other great women writers out there, but I honestly can't think of one who writes about a woman's point of view in such an unapologetic way. Theresa Rebeck puts the lines that many women are secretly thinking in the mouths of her female characters. I've had dates during which I thought the things that Irene's character says in the first scene. But unlike Irene, I stayed polite, got the hell out of there and complained to my friends later. Theresa's play makes me want to be bolder.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? If nothing else, they'll get some great laughs. But I think they'll get more; they'll think about women and men in a new way, and they'll relate to the feelings of beings stuck that some of these characters are grappling with.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
    "... a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air ... with one enormous chair. Oh, wouldn't it be lovely!" 

The Nest
  • By Theresa Rebeck
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 21
  • Space Theatre
  • When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Nest:

    The Nest flies in face of national gender trends
    Theresa Rebeck: Bar plays should be 'humanly reckless'
    Five things we now know about that bar
    Cast list announced
    Theresa Rebeck is not getting angry: She's getting even
    ​American Theatre magazine: The Colorado New Play Summit Is a Developing Story

    Previous 2015-16 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Meet Adeoye of Lookingglass Alice and All the Way
    Meet Kevin Berntson of The Nest
    Meet J. Paul Boehmer of As You Like It
    Meet Molly Brennan of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Courtney Capek of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Brian D. Coats of The Nest
    Meet Tad Cooley of Tribes
    Meet Paul DeBoy of All the Way
    Meet Allen Dorsey of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Kevin Douglas of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Napoleon M. Douglas of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Brian Dykstra of The Nest
    Meet Isabel Ellison of Tribes
    Meet Kate Finch of Tribes
    Meet Ella Galaty of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Mike Hartman of All the Way
    Meet Ben Heil of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carolyn Holding of As You Like It
    Meet Drew Horwitz of As You Like It
    Meet Maurice Jones of As You Like It
    Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
    Meet Emily Kron of As You Like It
    Meet Nick LaMedica of As You Like It
    Meet Victoria Mack of The Nest
    Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
    Meet Shannan Steele of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carly Street of The Nest
    Meet Samuel Taylor of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Lindsey Noel Whiting of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Jake Williamson  of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Matt Zambrano of As You Like It

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