Actor Spotlight

Dallas actor talks tacos, cheese fries, and Meryl before new role

Dallas actor talks tacos, cheese fries, and Meryl before new role

The Last Five Years at WaterTower Theatre
Seth Womack and Monique Abry star in The Last Five Years. Photo by Evan Michael Woods
Dallas actor Seth Womack
Dallas actor Seth Womack Courtesy photo
Parade rehearsal at WaterTower Theatre
Justin Duncan, Womack, and Luke Longacre in rehearsal for Parade. Photo by Karen Almond
La Cage Aux Folles at Uptown Players
Bob Hess and Womack in La Cage aux Folles at Uptown Players. Photo by Mike Morgan
WaterTower Theatre presents Lord of the Flies
Womack and a few of the cast from Lord of the Flies. Photo by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
The cast of Titanic at Uptown Players
The cast of Titanic at Uptown Players. Courtesy photo
The Light in the Piazza at Brick Road Theatre
Janelle Lutz and Womack in The Light in the Piazza at Brick Road Theatre. Courtesy photo
The Last Five Years at WaterTower Theatre
Dallas actor Seth Womack
Parade rehearsal at WaterTower Theatre
La Cage Aux Folles at Uptown Players
WaterTower Theatre presents Lord of the Flies
The cast of Titanic at Uptown Players
The Light in the Piazza at Brick Road Theatre

Whether turning savage on an abandoned island, going down with the ship, or navigating the hardest journey of all — a relationship — Seth Womack brings heaps of emotion and a soulful voice to each role.

The Dallas actor is currently starring with Monique Abry in Jason Robert Brown's gut-punch of a musical, The Last Five Years, at WaterTower Theatre. The two-person musical shows how two young New Yorkers, Jamie and Cathy, come together and fall apart through opposite chronologies, beginning with Cathy mourning their failed relationship and Jamie excited to begin it.

As Womack digs into the incredibly emotional role for the next few weeks (it runs through July 1 at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center), he took the time to fill out our survey of serious, fun, and sometimes ridiculous questions.

Name: Seth Ian Womack

Role in The Last Five Years: Jamie

Previous work in the DFW area: Parade in concert, Creep, Lord of the Flies (WaterTower Theatre); Les Miserables (Dallas Theater Center); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor  Dreamcoat, Evita, Les Miserables (Casa Mañana); Titanic in concert, La Cage Aux Folles (Uptown Players); Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods (Lyric Stage); The Light in the Piazza (Brick Road Theatre).

Hometown: Justin, Texas

Where you currently reside: Dallas

First theater role: A poppy in The Wizard of Oz.

First stage show you ever saw: Either Annie or The Wizard of Oz.

Moment you decided to pursue a career in theater: The first time I ever got paid to sing in front of an audience.

Most challenging role you've played: Leo Frank in Parade.

Special skills: Love doing accents (especially Australian) and obscure impressions, including Dobby the House Elf, Josh Groban, and Ja'mie Private School Girl.

Something you’re REALLY bad at: SPORTS

Current pop culture obsession: RuPaul's Drag Race

Last book you read: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Favorite movie(s): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Almost Famous, Fargo

Favorite musician(s): Elton John, James Taylor, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys

Favorite song: "Your Song" by Elton John, "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

Dream role: Miss Hannigan in a gender-bent production of Annie.

Favorite play(s): August: Osage County, The Crucible, Buried Child

Favorite musical(s): Parade, Company, Jesus Christ Superstar

Favorite actors/actresses: Meryl Streep. Just her. That’s all.

Favorite food: Anything Italian

Must-see TV show(s): RuPaul's Drag Race, Westworld, Friends

Something most people don’t know about you: I’m obsessed with horror films.

Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Spain, Greece, and Italy

Pre-show warm-up: Lots of water, Throat Coat, vitamin C, vocal exercises, pray to a framed photo of Meryl Streep, etc.

Favorite part about your current role: Getting to listen to my co-star, Monique Abry, sing for her LIFE.

Most challenging part about your current project: Definitely the music and navigating the many emotions. 

Most embarrassing onstage mishap: Having my show pants, underwear, and safety underwear all pulled down on stage to accidentally expose my naked rear to an entire Dallas audience during a performance of Les Miserables at DTC.

Career you'd have if you weren't in theater: Film editor or music supervisor.

Favorite post-show spot: Anywhere with alcohol and cheese fries.

Favorite thing about Dallas-Fort Worth: The endless multitude of taco establishments.

Most memorable theater moment: Taking my first opening night bow in my first professional theatre production.

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