For this edition of "Backstage with," we interviewed Paloma Nozicka, who plays Jenny in Teddy Ferrara now in the Owen Theatre. Find out what Paloma's pre- and post-show rituals are and her most desired roles in our questionaire below.
|| Paloma in Teddy Ferrara
Place of birth and/or hometown: Evanston, Illinois
First professional role/ production you were in: Sonnets for an Old Century, done as part of the Steppenwolf Garage Rep with UrbanTheater Company in 2011.
Favorite professional role or production you were in: In all honesty, I have loved every professional production I’ve been in thus far. But I will say that the one that made me laugh the most was a production of Boeing Boeing that I did in Arkansas a few summers ago—I’ve never laughed so much in my life. That show is so fun. It starts to be a problem when the most frequent note you're getting is “Paloma, please stop laughing onstage. It's not that funny.”
Dream role or production you hope to be in in the future: Lady Macbeth, Velma Kelly, Brutus. And Cleopatra in a History Channel miniseries.
Role you know you'll never get to play because of your age/sex/race but would love to in an alternate universe (and why): I don't think there's any role I know I'll never play—theater and casting continue to surprise me.
Production or role you've experienced as an audience member that left you speechless: Diane D’Aquila in Elizabeth Rex at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Her performance blew my mind and inspired me greatly.
Biggest on stage flub and how you handled it: I was in a production in college where I was part of the Greek chorus, and we all had these overlapping lines. And one night there was a very long pause, and I remember thinking, “Damn, whoever's dropping this line right now must be really out of it; that's embarrassing,” and then I noticed everyone was staring at me. I just sailed through and pretended like it was a very well thought-out, dramatic and intentional pause. Acting!
Pre- or post-show ritual: I get nervous before performances, so I make really upbeat playlists to listen to on the train ride to the theater. I like to think about what kind of music my character would listen to. Post-show, I'm generally exhausted, so I like to have a drink with a few friends, shower and go to sleep.
Favorite thing about working in Chicago: Everything. The work being done, the people doing it, the vibe of the city. It’s the perfect place to create and experience art. Chicagoans, we just get it.