Potty Mouth: Natalie Wilder answers three questions about her performance in "Dead Ringer."



Natalie Wilder
  • Natalie Wilder
U of M alum Natalie Wilder recently received the kind of glowing New York Times review that most actors would lock a sibling in the cellar for. According to critic Anita Gates, New Jersey Rep's production of Gino Dilorio's Dead Ringer is a real winner and Wilder's character Mary is "a likable smart-aleck."

"She’s enthusiastically foulmouthed so her best lines can’t be repeated here," Gates wrote.

That last bit of course caught our attention right away and we had to ask our old friend what sorts of nasty lines she'd been repeating and whether or not she'd be up for playing a little game of Three Questions. Thankfully, she was.

Intermission Impossible: So how does a nice girl from Memphis end up in a tawdry rag like the New York Times?

Natalie Wilder: Umm....I took a wrong turn on the way to Tunica? Seriously, though, I've believed in DEAD RINGER ever since it was just a 10 minute play called THE HARD WAY in NJ Rep's first THEATRE BRUT festival of short plays. That was 5 years ago now. The playwright, Gino DiIorio, was encouraged by many people, including myself, to write it into a full-length script, which we then presented at NJ Rep as a staged reading. It went over with a bang, and, a few years and a few rewrites later, here we are. I was drawn to the play immediately because it's a twisted, dark tale, but not without humor. One of my favorite playwrights is Martin McDonagh, which should explain a lot. So, when I got the chance to play a whip-smart misshapen gal who lived in a root cellar, I said, "Hell, YEAH!

Intermission Impossible: The Times says they can't reprint any of your more choice lines but we certainly can. Care to share one or two?

You betcha! How's about these:

"My brother doesn't know a horse's ass from his own pecker!"

"I'll be all over you like a stud on a Chestnut Mare in the Spring. I'll let you have me all ruddy and sweet to eat."

"You're about as useful as tits on a bull!"

Intermission Impossible: Hey, that's not so bad. Of course you'd never say anything like that in real life, now would you?

Come on, Chris. You've seen me on a Thursday night at the P. & H. back in the day....

Intermission Impossible: Yeah, guess I wasted that third question.

“Dead Ringer,” a new work by Gino DiIorio, is at the Lumia Theater, New Jersey Repertory Company through Nov. 15. Information: (732) 229-3166 or njrep.org.

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