Phil Ginsburg

Phil is the unapologetically idiosyncratic mind behind our Fall 2015 production, a collection of seven of his short comedies entitled MAYBE IT’S JUST ME.


How long have you been doing theatre? A long time. Although I took a break for 25 years, from 1972 – 1997. I needed to do my laundry.

What was your most difficult role? I once did a scene from Macbeth in drama school. I got laughs. I don’t think I really understood the character.

What was your most rewarding role? Dr. Gerald Lyman in Bus Stop. That guy had more problems than me.

Worst stage mishap? I once played a really old man. I put talcum powder on my hair to simulate grayness. The other old guy enters the scene and slaps me on the back and says, “How you doin’, old man?” A cloud of talcum powder rose from my head. The audience didn’t take anything we did seriously after that.

Most terrifying moment? Doing stand up comedy on the Merv Griffin show. I never recovered. Neither did Merv.

Funniest moment? The talcum powder.

Theatrical high point? I once sang on a television show and Barry Manilow played the piano for me. He was the music director. A year later he became a big star and I got a part time job at a department store.

You as a performer in three words? Take big risks.

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? That the world of surrealism is not confined to art and film. The stage can be transformed into a world where the subconscious is given a poetic voice. Imagination determines form and structure. The dream is the reality.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

I have been happily married to my wife Chris for 34 years.

We have a daughter, Mindy.

I try to shoot 50 to 100 three point shots at least three times a week at the gym.

What’s your Actor’s Nightmare? Being in one of my own plays.